With the first BlackBerry 10, the struggling smartphone maker, Research In Motion (RIM) hopes will turn its fortunes around, in a smartphone market largely dominated by the iOS and Android. Research In Motion is expected to unveil two models in the L-Series that will run the new BlackBerry 10 mobile OS, one with a full touchscreen interface and the other QWERTY keyboard toting BlackBerry 10 N-Series later this month, but the touch-screen phone is expected to launch first.
In a highly lucrative smartphone market, Android has the numbers, Apple’s iOS has the figures. Everything else – Symbian, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, etc. is just there. However, Research In Motion is hoping its new BlackBerry 10 operating system will be enough to pull it out of its smartphone funk. RIM is all set to showcase its new range of BlackBerry 10 smartphones at an event in New York on January 30.
CEO Thorsten Heins, said the company is looking to leverage the security strength of BlackBerry services that governments and enterprises around the world have come to rely on.
After Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint will be carrying the upcoming BlackBerry 10 (BB10) smartphones. Hugo Miller wrote that 1,600 companies have signed up for the BlackBerry 10 training program. Of the registered customers, more than 1,000 have already begun using the BlackBerry 10 Ready program since its introduction in early December, said Bryan Lee, RIM’s senior director of enterprise accounts. The customers include Fortune 500 companies, law firms, schools, universities, retailers and government agencies, he said. “We’re very encouraged by the participation of the types of customers,” Lee said in a phone interview.
The first BlackBerry 10 L-Series all-touch-screen phone will feature a 4.2-inch display with a high-definition resolution of 1280×768, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and an 1,800 mAh battery.
The phone will also have a front-facing 2 megapixel camera with 2X digital zoom and 720p video recording, the report said, while the back will have an 8 megapixel shooter with LED flash, auto focus, 5X digital zoom and the ability to shoot video in 1080p, according to the John McCann report by latest technology news and reviews site Techradar.
Video walkthrough of BlackBerry 10 leaks (phone shown in the video is smaller than I anticipated):