Live snaps of the first-ever BlackBerry 10 smartphone have surfaced online, just a day after Research In Motion (RIM) officially teased the device on its website.
Uploaded by the good folk at Tinhte.vn, the photos give us an early peep at the hotly awaited handset – unofficially known as the L-Series - ahead of its official unveiling in January – and it looks like the Canadian phone-maker might finally have a winner in its hands.
Rocking a reasonably slim form factor, a touchscreen that we reckon is at least four inches, rounded edges and minimal bezel - the L-Series ticks all the essential boxes for a great candy-bar device.
Features-wise, it has a power button smack bang in the middle of the top side, a headset jack immediately to the left and a wide but thin earpiece just below. On the left hand side it has a microUSB and a microHDMI port, while on the right sits the volume rocker (along with a pause and play toggle in the middle).
It has a removable back cover, which reveals a 1,800mAh battery, a microSIM compartment and a microSD card slot. An NFC antenna is also visible, but whether there’s a 4G radio chip on board or not is not revealed. If there is one, it would reside on the motherboard inside.
Unfortunately, that also means we don’t yet know exactly what sort of processing brawn or graphics capabilities we can expect from the L-Series. BlackBerrys aren’t always fully up to speed when it comes to bleeding-edge specs, but we sure hope that RIM has done its research and has equipped the handset with enough firepower to compete.
Of course, the biggest highlight of the handset is not the hardware, but its software: the latest BlackBerry 10 operating system, which been reinvented (RIM’s word, not ours) as a more worthy contender to iOS and Android, boasting a new interface called ‘Flow’, enhanced multitasking and a BlackBerry Hub feature that lets you manage all your important communiqué from a single screen.
RIM will officially announce the L-Series, and possibly a QWERTY version – dubbed the N-Series, on January 30th. Be sure to check back regularly as we reveal more about the handsets leading up to the event.
Source: Tinhte.vn via Engadget