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Shots aren't as detailed as the L-Series leak, but give us the best glimpse yet at RIM's QWERTY BlackBerry 10 device

Just last week, we got a "blurrycam" shot of the QWERTY-keyboard packin' BlackBerry X10 smartphone from RIM. While the shot wasn’t exactly high resolution, it did give us a glimpse of what to expect when the actual headset -- along with its full touchscreen-equipped sibling -- launches next month.
This weekend, however, we've got some more X10 pictures from a person using something more than a 2MP dumbphone camera. The pictures clearly show the X10's relatively tiny (in today's world of 4" and 5" displays) display and QWERTY keyboard that extends from edge-to-edge.
The back of the display also shows the camera lens and flash. Given that this is likely a prototype unit, we can excuse the rather cheap looking finish of this X10 pictured. Hopefully the production models will have better graining than what's currently shown.

[Image source: N4BB]

Source: N4BB

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old school
By Nortel on 12/30/2012 8:36:39 PM , Rating: 2
Rocking a 1:1 aspect screen may make for a good instagram picture experience but I can't imagine trying to take normal 4:3 or 16:9 video with giant black borders. I agree with another commenter, the phone looks tiny(!) unless the pictured thumb is huge...

RE: old school
By Uncle on 12/30/2012 10:05:17 PM , Rating: 1
I have a samsung ace your regular size phone. If I put my thumb tip where his is my phone goes to the crease of the palm and thumb. The hand looks Photoshopped and the other picture looks like he cropped out the thumb.

RE: old school
By chµck on 12/30/2012 11:16:07 PM , Rating: 2
I think RIM has a different target audience than others, at least with this model.

RE: old school
By CyborgTMT on 12/30/2012 11:25:44 PM , Rating: 3
Someone did a little bit of trickery with the photos. The thumb is being held away from the phone making the phone look smaller. Comparing it to the fingers and I'd say it's roughly the size of a Galaxy II.

By darckhart on 12/30/2012 9:57:02 PM , Rating: 2
i just hope this isn't the final keyboard design. was hoping for the tried-and-true curvy with the nubby keys.

RE: keyboard
By retrospooty on 12/31/2012 10:42:47 AM , Rating: 2
I am pretty sure this is final. There was a pic posted last week that looked like an early engineering sample and was the same KB... This one is all nice and polished which is a general indication of a final design on pre-production plastic.

RE: keyboard
By Pirks on 12/31/2012 1:57:38 PM , Rating: 2
hey micktroll and retrotroll

happy new year and please post more idiotic predictions about "rim for sale" in 2013 as well!

and a year after that :p I always like a good laugh or two at ya clowneys

cheers losers har har har

By agent2099 on 12/31/2012 1:25:49 AM , Rating: 2
Lose the keyboard altogether, swype is faster than a hardware keyboard anyway,

RE: Legacy
By Milliamp on 12/31/2012 1:59:43 AM , Rating: 2
They are planning BOTH versions. They are known for their physical keyboards so it would be stupid not to offer a physical version for those in their existing user base that prefer them.

With that said it would take a stupid amount of convincing to get me to consider using BB10. Even ignoring everything else I don't think QNX is the right platform to build on.

RE: Legacy
By Sureshot324 on 12/31/2012 9:37:16 AM , Rating: 2
Hardware keyboards is BB's bread and butter. Most people that want an all touch screen phone are going to go with a different platform.

This phone is exactly what BB needs. A phone with their traditional candybar form facter with hardware keyboard (sliders and flip phones suck), but increasing the size of the screen by maximizing space. Making the keys in a straight line and getting rid of the call/end call/trackpad buttons allows more room for the screen.

Now they need to make another version just like that but even bigger, for those who prefer bigger phones. The bigger the phone, the less % screen real estate you're giving up to have that hardware keyboard.

By chµck on 12/30/2012 11:18:35 PM , Rating: 2
Are these "real" leaks or could they be endorsed by management in order to create buzz about theses phones?

RE: Motive
By tviceman on 12/30/2012 11:26:11 PM , Rating: 2
I'll bet most leaks, that at least could be flattering, are somehow intentional.

By GulWestfale on 12/30/2012 8:17:17 PM , Rating: 2
it's an ok-looking device. i think it's a bit too small though, after all the point of this is to facilitate typing on a real keyboard. so a slightly wider device with an accompanying bigger screen might have made sense here. then again, i'll reserve final judgment until i've held it in my own paws...

the hardware is of course going to be similar to what other phonemakers have, so it will all come down to software. you can look at BB10 presentations on youtube, and while it does look nice, there's nothing really useful or revolutionary in there that you can't get on android. this is really going to be an uphill battle for RIM.

By BillyBatson on 12/30/2012 8:18:23 PM , Rating: 2
Glad to see the notch in the screen isn't there

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