Research In Motion (RIM) has given us a sneak peak at what could be the much anticipated, first ever BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
The Canadian phone-maker has updated its website with a highly veiled rear shot of a handset featuring a textured back (a bit like the Google Nexus 7), a camera lens on the left corner and what appears to a very thin, silver volume rocker, also on the left.
It’s accompanied by a strapline: ‘The BlackBerry Experience Re-designed. Re-engineered. Re-invented’, which basically doesn’t tell us anything that we weren’t already told before. But from what little we can make out from the image at least, it looks rather slick and the slab-like form factor tells us it’s most likely the touchscreen-only kit we’ve known about for a while now.
RIM is due to lift the lid on the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones on January 30th, including a QWERTY keyboard model that’s become a hallmark of the BlackBerry range.
BlackBerry 10 itself is being developed from the ground up to be a bona fide challenger to Android and iOS, featuring a more intuitive user interface dubbed ‘Flow’, a dedicated multitasking screen and last but not least, BlackBerry Hub, which amalgamates all your incoming missives, notifications, feeds and calendar events in a single location.
Alas, hardware details are still thin on the ground but we expect the devices to be relatively powerful, enough to at least compete with their Windows Phone rivals.
Stay tuned as we bring you all the gen on BlackBerry 10 in the weeks leading up to the announcement.