It appears that the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones have leaked to the surface today in a slide that reveals both a BlackBerry 10 device with a virtual keyboard and one that will purportedly be the first device to land both RIM’s new operating system and a physical keyboard.
B4BB has leaked a slide that seems to reveal what could be the first two devices in RIM’s BlackBerry 10 lineup. The devices, codenamed BlackBerry London – a name that we have heard in the past – and BlackBerry Nevada, have leaked out as the BlackBerry L-Series and the BlackBerry N-Series.
It’s unclear if those are still codenames or if those will be the official names of the products that eventually hit shelves later on this year.
The BlackBerry L-Series figures to be RIM’s first BlackBerry 10 smartphone and it will, as confirmed by RIM, be coming with a virtual keyboard only when it arrives. Here are the rumored specifications of the L-Series:
- 768×1280 screen resolution
- 55mm wide
- 356 PPI
We have also been treated to some possible specifications for the BlackBerry N-Series which will be RIM’s first BlackBerry 10 device with a physical keyboard and one that should be launching in the first quarter of 2013. First quarter of course provides a window of January, February and March.
Here are those rumored specs:
- 720×720 screen resolution
- 52 – 53mm wide
- 330 PPI
So a little less on the screen resolution and a little less in the pixels per inch department for the BlackBerry N- Series.
The first of these devices, the L-Series, is expected to hit shelves this fall, and might even do so during the beginning half of September. RIM will want to try and get it out before the next iPhone, presumably the iPhone 5, a device that is rumored to be coming in September or October of this year.
As for BlackBerry 10, we have already seen it revealed in a series of photos that have shown off everything from its new virtual keyboard, its unified inbox, the new music player and its brand new homescreen.
It will be a vast departure from BlackBerry 7, the operating system currently found on RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones.