Research in Motion will announce BlackBerry 10 at the end of the month, along with two out of a possible six new smartphones on which the new software will be found. Although the touchscreen Z10 has been leaked several times, the QWERTY keyboard N-Series has been a little more camera shy, at least until now.
Images of the phone have appeared on Instagram, and it’s going to be called the X10. The phone pictured is a prototype model, but it gives us a look at the very cool edge-to-edge keyboard, which is reminiscent of the Porsche-designed BlackBerry released in 2011.
As for the Z10 touchscreen phone, also known as the London, an Austrian tech website has posted a seven-minute video showing the device and BlackBerry 10 in action. It’s the first time we’re seeing the OS in such detail and it looks great, especially the screen transitions. It’s worth remembering the software and the hardware on display are both prototypes, so we must ignore any glitches. You can watch the video below, but unless you speak German, you may as well do so with the volume turned down.
Finally, Internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis has been given a preview of BlackBerry 10, and he has written a short blog post on his first impressions. He tried the Z10 and called it, “a solid phone with a fantastic leathery finish,” and that it, “felt like a faster iPhone 5.” Ultimately, he was, “very, very impressed,” and feels the OS could be a contender, particularly in the business world.
RIM will hold its global BlackBerry 10 launch event on 30 January, while the devices themselves are expected to go on sale before the end of March.