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QWERTY BlackBerry 10 Smartphone Gets Pictured

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The first images of Research in Motion’s forthcoming BlackBerry 10 OS smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard on-board just got pictured for the first time over the holidays. The design loses the arced keyboard arrangement, but the rows still have frets on them and the individual keys are still tapered and ridged to aid in typing accuracy. Overall, the design looks similar to what RIM has been doing with its current flagship BlackBerry, the Bold 9900 series smartphone.

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However, instead of a landscape-oriented screen over the keyboard, RIM will be doing what Palm had done for years with its Treo line of smartphones and placing a square touchscreen display over the screen. The new keyboarded BlackBerry will have a square-resolution display with 720 X 720 pixels, making it a rather odd resolution 720p HD display with a pixel density of 330-ppi. Images of RIM’s new smartphones were published on BGR

In addition to this old favorite form factor with a physical keyboard, RIM will also be debuting its new BlackBerry 10 operating system on a touchscreen-only device that’s been previously leaked as the BlackBerry Z10. While that device does not have a physical keyboard like this one that’s been a favorite among long-time BlackBerry owners, RIM has been promoting the merits of its touchscreen-keyboard, including a predictive typing engine, auto-correct that’s intuitive, and support for multilingual input.

RIM is expected to launch its BlackBerry 10 OS alongside new hardware at the end of January 2013 in multiple countries simultaneously in an effort to stay better competitive against Android and iOS devices. It’s still unclear what the final naming of this smartphone will be at launch and if RIM will continue to use the Bold branding given the similarities of the keyboard between this BlackBerry 10 device and the current BlackBerry Bold 9900 series, which runs the BlackBerry 7 operating system currently.

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7 Comments

  1. MaxiAle

    12/26/2012 at 7:50 am

    So there is a QWERTY? I was not sure. I caved and got a Samsung Captivate Glide for Christmas but I don’t think it’s going to work out. I’ve been a Blackberry user for 10 years. I’m searching the web before making my decision to take it back.

  2. Florence

    12/26/2012 at 8:10 am

    Nothing compares to a BlackBerry, take it back and wait for the 10! The new Blackberry OS is killer, I’ve waited to update for two years, I’m sure I won’t be sorry but happy I did.

  3. Luis Taveras

    12/26/2012 at 11:36 am

    Looking forward to google play feature on these new phones.. Lack of app support is what made me leave.

  4. Claudia Couck

    12/26/2012 at 12:14 pm

    my buddy’s step-aunt makes $60/hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for 9 months but last month her pay was $18423 just working on the computer for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more jump15.comCHECK IT OUT

  5. tonny k.

    12/26/2012 at 6:38 pm

    i agree, nothing compares to a blackberry: a smartphone in the gray area between consumer market and enterprise users. Most of the executives are praying to RIM goes down to have their IT departments switch to another platform

    • Don

      12/27/2012 at 6:23 am

      Really, How did you find time to talk to all those executives?

  6. Mike's BB

    12/27/2012 at 5:47 pm

    I like a smart phone without all the geeky tech applications that are free or open source like android and could be developed by programmers to put a virus or invade your privacy. I only use my cell phone away from home to contact family or friends and I can recognize them by their voice I hear and the phone number that is displayed. I don’t like the idea that some hacker intruder can get in to msn or yahoo messenger that I don’t know.Thanks RIM for BBM (messenger) and your security!

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