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BlackBerry 10 L-Series hands-on pictures revealed

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More images of the forthcoming BlackBerry 10 L-Series smartphone handset have emerged on the internet.

The BlackBerry 10 L-Series will be officially revealed on January 30, but plenty of snapshots have emerged in the lead-up to RIM's unveiling.

Vietnamese website Tinhte (via CrackBerry) appears to have the clearest images yet of RIM's next (and possibly last) great hope of reversing its downward spiral in the smartphone market.

The images shows a device that bears a certain resemblance to a certain iPhone 5 - at least from the front and sides. The BlackBerry 10 has the same long, stretched form factor on square edges.

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Front the rear, however, it looks a little more like an Android device, with its grippy, textured, removable battery cover.

The hands-on even takes a look at the BlackBerry 10 L-Series with the back off and battery out, though there's nothing special to note here, other than revealing where the microSD slot will be.

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Another look at the BlackBerry 10's textured back has been granted by RIM itself. Rather carelessly, it left an image of the rear of the device in the latest update for the BlackBerry Dev Alpha.

BlackBerry 10 will be a brand new platform with a brand new approach from RIM. The company is promising "a best in class browser, a rich application ecosystem, and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities" - three things no BlackBerry has featured for some time, if ever.

RIM has revealed BlackBerry Flow, which allows seamless navigation across open apps and the BlackBerry Hub - the new notification service that incorporates messages, feeds and calendar appointments.

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Of course, the biggest new feature is the lack of a physical keyboard - something BlackBerries have been renowned for over the years. RIM has tried this before, but BlackBerry 10 will be its strongest attempt to design an OS around touch-driven inputs from the ground up.

Here there'll be a virtual keyboard that learns and adapts to the way you type - but can it match that legendary physical qwerty? We should find out in a month and a half.

Do you think BlackBerry 10 will help resurrect an ailing BlackBerry brand or do you think the Canadian company has lost too much ground to regain traction in the Android and iOS dominated smartphone market? Share your thoughts on the matter with us via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

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