It’s a little over a month until Research in Motion launches BlackBerry 10, and ever since it announced its special 30 January event, it has sent out a steady stream of officially sanctioned snippets of information and press releases regarding new products. The latest is our first glimpse of RIM’s new hardware, and it’s not quite as detailed as we would have hoped.
The picture has shown up on the official BlackBerry 10 webpage, along with the chance to register for email updates on the new operating system. Sadly, we can’t see much of the device itself, just the rear panel. Covered with a textured – and very modern looking – texture, the only other feature is the traditional BlackBerry logo.
We know two new BB10 phones will be launched at the end of January, the all-touch N Series and the QWERTY-equipped L Series, and we’re guessing it’s the former we’re seeing in the picture. The front of the L Series device is likely to resemble RIM’s Dev Alpha handset, sent to developers in order to test applications, but it’s good to see the rear won’t be the same flat, featureless expanse of that device too.
The last major piece of news from RIM was the beta release of BBM Voice, and the launch of the Dev Alpha C handset, which has been styled on the QWERTY N Series device. Research in Motion will hold its global BlackBerry 10 launch event on January 30, and the hardware is expected to be on sale within 30 days.