First pics surface of BlackBerry 10 developer handset

You may recall that yesterday, it emerged that Research In Motion looks set to announce its first BlackBerry 10 handset as soon as August, with the device set to go on sale in early October. RIM’s next-generation operating system has been substantially delayed over the last couple of years, but its development is now said to be proceeding well, with a recent report suggesting that the company plans to send handsets out to developers next month.

Today, the very first handset for BlackBerry 10 has been revealed by a member on CrackBerry’s forums, who describes it as a developer device rather than a production-ready model.

The appearance of the device is slightly different from images that we’ve previously seen of BB10 handsets; one earlier image of the BlackBerry “London” handset shared many design elements previewed on the premium Porsche Design P’9981 smartphone released last year. This developer device shares more in common with the updated look for the London 'superphone' that we reported on back in February; the reverse of the handset appears virtually identical to that leaked design, although the front is far less similar.

It’s likely that RIM wished to avoid revealing the design of its production models, by making the design of this developer device as deliberately understated as possible. There would be little advantage to previewing the final look of its production handsets months before they’re due to go on sale. As Samsung recently noted, that kind of strategy tends to create more problems than solutions.

We don’t yet know if this is the precise model that RIM will distribute to developers at next week’s BlackBerry Jam conference, but there's a good chance that it is. But at least there’s not long to go before we find out – and we should get our first proper glimpse of the BlackBerry 10 OS in action next week too. Exciting times!  

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What. the. hell.

What happened to that other sexy phone i kept on seeing. noooooo.

(im not entirely sure the name, not particularly interested in bb)

Looks like a Playbook, and I love the Playbook design. Its sleek and durable. I hope RIM hangs on and hits a home run with their upcoming OS

Can this company hurry up and go under so this stupid BBM craze can shut the **** up and move on!!

If they pull their fingers out of their socks and just design a smartphone worthy of today's acceptance then they wouldn't be here.

Rip off BBM from your network (of course you wont, it makes you the most money) !

Shahrad said,
Can this company hurry up and go under so this stupid BBM craze can shut the **** up and move on!!

If they pull their fingers out of their socks and just design a smartphone worthy of today's acceptance then they wouldn't be here.

Rip off BBM from your network (of course you wont, it makes you the most money) !

Just like the iphone craze? you retard.

From the back it looks like a PlayBook that has been shrunk down to the dimensions of the iPhone 4/4S (maybe a bit more elongated) ... from the front it bears a striking resemblance to an iPhone 4/4S (without the home button).

winaxter said,
looks like an iphone with a case with blackberry logo on it to me

Looks like an iPhone? Are you kidding me? This looks exactly like Samsung Galaxy SII...

Blackberry is so behind I do not see them making a come back. The phones are slow and are plagued by issues, we had the new bold, storm, storm 2 and curve and had nothing but problems with them. They just need to stick to business customers and stop trying in the general consumer market as Apple and Android have that wrapped up.

NoLiMiT06 said,
Blackberry is so behind I do not see them making a come back. The phones are slow and are plagued by issues, we had the new bold, storm, storm 2 and curve and had nothing but problems with them. They just need to stick to business customers and stop trying in the general consumer market as Apple and Android have that wrapped up.

have to admit been a long time blackberry user & fan and I know what you mean, the latest BBs just aint built as well as they used to, ive had to RMA 5 Bolds with the magic button being stuck in, and nothing but bother with last 2 revisions of the curves also. I support 25 of them and a 5% failure ratio of handsets is a bit fisappointing. Not to mention the latest base curve model does not have 3g or GPS now, I mean for the love of god every phone should at least be 3G in this day and age! The last well built BB was the Pearl II IMO. Got the last build Bold as my work device and a pearl II as my personal one (renewals june), was going to move away from bberry for personal use but might hold off now until this is released. Quite liking the look of this and hopefully the new OS is miles better than previous versions.

Mando said,

have to admit been a long time blackberry user ....

I hear you. I have friends who love their BlackBerries, but the future is not just about the Phone OS anymore. It's about the ecosystem. By the time BB get's the new phones out, their competitors will have released new devices with new features, and more importantly, integration of the various services like cloud storage, mapping, etc. where it is integrated into the heart of the OS and third parties will be using those APIs to each ecosystem's advantage. I'm just concerned that it might bee too expensive for BB to build those services to that level. Look at how much money Microsoft and Nokia have spent on their collaborative effort. I don't think BB has that much money in the bank just to get 1% of the market.

NoLiMiT06 said,
Blackberry is so behind I do not see them making a come back. The phones are slow and are plagued by issues, we had the new bold, storm, storm 2 and curve and had nothing but problems with them. They just need to stick to business customers and stop trying in the general consumer market as Apple and Android have that wrapped up.

They can't avoid but having to make a consumer phone due to the consumerisation of business IT - that is the whole reason why the iPhone got into the business segment to begin with. End users can choose the phone, most of them opting for iPhone thus you have the end user rather than the IT department making the decision - and this is spreading out to laptops as well in many cases.

What Blackberry need to do is realise that the days of their proprietary Blackberry Network has come to an end and need to relaunch it as a free Blackberry Cloud service with premium enterprise ad-ons which can be accessed from anywhere with any device just like what Apple and Microsoft are doing. Until they do that the people will keep voting with their wallets and opting for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7.5.

spicyjoe said,
A giant iPhone.

How about reading the article:

"It's likely that RIM wished to avoid revealing the design of its production models, by making the design of this developer device as deliberately understated as possible."

That isn't the final design.