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BlackBerry Z10 and X10 leak ahead of BlackBerry 10 launch

Luke Johnson


BlackBerry X10 Leak
BlackBerry X10 Leak

Ahead of the January 30 BlackBerry 10 release date, the first two handsets set to support the new operating system have once again leaked online, with BlackBerry X10 and BlackBerry Z10 pictures making another premature appearance.

Far from the first time the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry X10 have made premature appearances ahead of the imminent BlackBerry 10 release date, the device’s, which reportedly fall under the L-Series and N-Series branding respectively, have already leaked in a selection of early outed hands-on pictures and videos.

Showing off much of the same compared with previous leaks, the latest BlackBerry X10 and BlackBerry Z10 images, which leaked via Instagram, have suggested that the N-Series X10 will play host to the company’s traditional full QWERTY keyboard offering, whilst the L-Series BlackBerry Z10 will be a full-on touchscreen affair.

BlackBerry Z10 Specs

With a hands-on BlackBerry Z10 video accompanying snaps of the reported Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 rival, a selection of claimed BlackBerry Z10 specs have been outed with the device reportedly set to line up with a 4.2-inch screen as opposed to the 4.3-inch offering previously mooted.

Elsewhere, Engadget has quoted the video’s German speaking narrator has claiming the as yet unconfirmed BlackBerry 10 packing BlackBerry Z10 will touch down sporting a high-end collection of innards topped off by a 1.5GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, 2GB of RAM and an acceptable 16GB of internal storage. It is currently unclear whether or not microSD expansion will be available.

Building up to the highly anticipated BlackBerry 10 release date, reports earlier this week revealed that more than 15,000 BlackBerry 10 apps had been submitted in just 37.5 hours, ensuring the repeatedly delayed platform will be well supported from launch.

“With the launch of BlackBerry 10 just round the corner, more than a year's worth of developer engagement is culminating in a series of ‘Port-A-Thons’ to help developers get their apps on to the new platform,” an official BlackBerry spokesperson told Trusted Reviews. “This weekend, RIM held a virtual ‘Port-A-Thon’ for Android developers to port their apps to BlackBerry 10. The virtual event was a huge success, attracting 15,000 BlackBerry 10 app submissions in just 37.5 hours.”

Are you taken by the look of the repeatedly leaked BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry X10 handsets or would you rather stick with a tried and tested Apple or Android handset? Let us know via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

Via: TechRadar

Dave Haynie

January 18, 2013, 3:46 pm

Hmm... another rumor mill suggested the SOC might be one from the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 series, something similar to that powering the Nokia Lumia 920 and the LTE version of the Galaxy SIII. That chip sports dual Qualcomm Krait CPUs, which are about 30% faster than the Cortex A9 at the same speed, and a little more representative of a proper 2012 if not 2013 leading edge smartphone. Though if these are designed to be mid-range devices, maybe the dual A9 is the correct rumor. Given my last year's dual A9-powered Galaxy Nexus, that is sufficient for really good Android performance.

Of course, Blackberry pundits will be claiming forever how efficient QNX is as an OS. But what they're really talking about is latency, not so much cycle by cycle efficiency. QNX has long been a fully qualified RTOS, which means very predictable latency. Which could translate to a very snappy UI -- same thing that made AmigaOS seem much faster than Windows, even when Windows was on dramatically faster hardware.

Thing is, that's only a potential. The Windows NT kernel can do fairly acceptable soft realtime, but the UI is a mess, limits multitasking in various places, and bogs the whole system down. And given that RIM's initial solution to apps was to incorporate the whole Android framework (and, given that it's fixed at 2.3.3, it's missing some of the more recent improvements), they may well have the same kind of issues Android's had (and, to an extent, still has, though 4.1 and 4.2 have been fairly dramatic improvements).

The other issue is that the OS is only a piece of the issue. The main purpose for more CPU in modern smartphones isn't a huge increase in OS footprint (well, aside from Windows 7 Phone -> Windows Phone 8, which is a huge increase in OS footprint), but the ability to handle more sophisticated apps... as many users transition from desktop to mobile as the center of their computing universe.


January 19, 2013, 10:26 am

any ideal on how much it be

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