Tuesday, 1 May 2012

BlackBerry 10 developer alpha unit goes official

By on 23:28

RIM is hosting its annual BlackBerry World event between May 1-3. Today, on the first day of the event, RIM presented the official developer alpha device for the QNX-based BlackBerry 10 platform.
We expect the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone to look much like the developer's unit.
An official and a live photo of the dev unit
Engadget managed to snap some hands-on pictures of the device. Unfortunately there are no actual pictures of the new BlackBerry 10 platform, since the thingy ran on PlayBook OS 2.0.

It looks much like a smaller PlayBook and features a 4.2-inch 1280x768px display, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a microSD expansion slot and a mini-HDMI port. There is still no info on the screen type or the processor, but we guess the latter should be a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 or better.
More pictures of the dev unit
Here is a promo video of the new BB10 platform, showing the new keyboard interface in action:
The new camera app will have the so-called timeline feature – when you take a picture and you’ve missed the moment you would be able to access the camera cache where you can extract the right shot (this means the camera will take some shots even before you hit the shutter).
Stay tuned for more news from BlackBerry World.


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