The BlackBerry range of smartphones aren’t doing all that well in the market, which is a widely known fact. And the folks at RIM want to change that with the new range of BlackBerry 10 smartphones which is all set to be announced on January 30. But we are now being treated to some early shots of what is to be announced next month, and it all looks pretty good. A Vietnamese blog has gathered access to the new BB smartphone and has tried to give us a detailed look of what RIM will be announcing later next month. Surprisingly, the pictures are not blurred out as you would expect from a leak.
The phone doesn’t have a unibody design unlike many flagships today and comes with a removable back cover, and what seems to be a user replaceable 1,800 mAh battery, although it’s not shown in the image. Also inside the back cover is a micro SIM card slot and a microSD card slot for storage expansion. There’s little we know about the internal hardware of this new device, so we have to merely go with what we see on the outside for now. The right hand side of the device reveals the usual arrays of keys including the music control key placed conveniently between the volume up and down buttons. The left comes with a micro USB port along with a micro HDMI port which is a neat touch for mirroring content on HD TVs. The phone also comes with an NFC antenna, so BlackBerry has got pretty much everything right when it comes to hardware. The front of the device looks very familiar to what we’ve been seeing since the BB10 Dev Alpha days, and although we don’t have the exact display specs, we can make out that it is moderately sized and not all too big, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
With the exterior of the device looking pretty firm and steady, all the hopes now rest on RIM’s software development team to impress with BB 10. We’ve already seen plenty of glimpses of the new OS and it does show promise. January 30 will be a very important day for RIM and one which could decide the fate of BB 10 or even the company on the whole. The handset leaked here will be the first BB10 device, and will be followed up by a QWERTY series later in the year. So RIM is not completely shying away from the physical keyboard just yet. Will RIM’s new offering(s) be able to tackle the duopoly of iPhones and Android smartphones? Only time will tell. The company also has plans to refresh the PlayBook tablet very soon.