After posing for a range of images, the upcoming BlackBerry 10 L-Series handset is now the lead in a hands-on video, where some of the features of the upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system are showcased along with the hardware.
The video has been captured by the same Vietnamese website that leaked the images of the BlackBerry 10 L-Series handset a couple of days ago, tinhte.vn. The video shows the L-Series handset compared to the Dev Alpha B unit and this new handset appears to be a sleeker, more refined version. In the video we can see the layout of the icons, the various gestures that are now seen with the new platform and also the multitasking capabilities. The website notes that although the OS is still in its beta stage, the functionality of the device is smooth and all the features are present including texting, connecting to the BIS and calling capabilities.
Apart from the interface of the operating system, we once again can see the design of the handset, which should be a huge selling point for Research in Motion when it launches the handset.
Earlier on, the same website had posted a large gallery of images, and unlike previous leaks in the past, this post has high-quality images that let us see all the facets of the handset. The handset looks like it has been designed well and the images show the removable back cover, NFC antenna, location of the micro-SIM and microSD card slots as well as the removable 1800 mAh battery.
The volume rocker has a metallic finish and we can also see the micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports on the handset. Overall, it appears that Research in Motion has ensured the aesthetics of the handset are clean and beautifully designed. The back panel also matches up with the glimpse of the handset that's being displayed on the official BB10 landing page. This indicates that this piece could be the finished product and the first BlackBerry 10 handset will look like this once launched.
Research in Motion announced that it will hold its BlackBerry 10 launch event on January 30, 2013. The event will be held simultaneously in multiple countries around the world. This day will mark the official launch of its new platform, BlackBerry 10, as well as the unveiling of the first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Details on the smartphones and their availability will be announced at the event.
BlackBerry 10 will offer a large catalogue of leading applications from across the globe and across categories, including Games, Productivity, Social, Lifestyle and Leisure, Multimedia and Published Content, as well as applications designed for business and enterprise use.
The BlackBerry 10 platform recently achieved FIPS 140-2 certification, which means government agencies will be able to deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 as soon as it is available. The company claims that this marks the first time BlackBerry products have been certified ahead of their launch. In addition, RIM recently announced that BlackBerry 10 smartphones have now entered more than 50 carrier labs with many more entries expected in the coming weeks.