Upcoming BlackBerry 10 Devices Leaked
Things seem to be finally moving for Research in Motion (RIM) after a leaked presentation slide obtained by N4BB revealed two BlackBerry 10 (BB10) devices are in the works for a launch as early as September.
Formerly known by its codename "London", the design of the L-Series is very similar to the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha given out to developers at BlackBerry World 2012 and the leaked image of an alleged BB10 device in Feb. The L-series device sports a full-touch user interface and measures about 55mm wide. Its display is mentioned to have a pixel density of 356ppi, which is higher than that of the Apple iPhone 4/4S (330ppi).
On the other hand, the N-Series will be the first BB10 device to be equipped with a physical QWERTY keyboard. Besides having a similar pixel density of 356ppi for its display, the N-Series is stated to be about 52-53mm wide. The first N-series device is indicated as having an OLED display while subsequent releases will use LCD displays.
The L-Series is rumored to be available in September 2012 while the N-Series will be released later in Q1 2013. So far, these dates are in line with what we've heard so far about BB 10 devices arriving in late 2012.
In addition, the L and N-series look very different from the current Bold Series, which was confirmed by Alec Saunders, the Vice President of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development for RIM. Whether or not they are "charming, whimsical and fun" as what Todd Wood, the senior vice president of Industrial Design at RIM mentioned, is another issue altogether.
RIM is embarking on an aggressive market strategy to get back into the game with its recent preview of several features of BB10 such as a new touch typing experience. It is also wooing developers to create apps for its ecosystem by guaranteeing that they (developers) will make at least $10,000 in sales of their "Certified" BB10 apps in the first year. If they don't, RIM will top up the difference.