Hands-on with BlackBerry 10

Hardware.Info went hands-on with RIM's latest operating system

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Introduction

During a press event on Friday, September 28 in Amsterdam, Research in Motion showcased their new operating system called BlackBerry 10. Hardware.Info attended the event and went hands-on with the new OS. Keep in mind that we are only talking about the operating system here, the phone you see in the photos is not the final product that you will find in stores. It's a so-called Dev Alpha B-Model (in this or earlier iterations) that RIM has given to developers to get acquainted with the new platform. The first smartphones to be equipped with BlackBerry 10 will arrive in the first quarter of 2013.

In what might seem to be a contradictory move for a company that gained notoriety for its physical keyboards, the first BlackBerry 10 phone will be purely touchscreen without any keyboard. It's understandable, however, considering the vast majority of smartphones being sold are full-touch models. The exact specifications of the new high-end phone are still kept under wraps by BlackBerry.

David Derrida, Director Carrier Product Management at RIM, did indicate there will be two different resolutions. The touchscreen models will have a resolution of 1280x720, while the phones with a physical keyboard will have 720x720 pixels. The virtual keyboard that appears on the full-touch models is the same size as the physical keyboard on the other models. RIM has done this to make it easier for developers to make apps that are compatible with the entire line of BlackBerry 10 phones. Except for the volume and power buttons, there won't be any physical buttons on future BlackBerry phones.

To unlock a BlackBerry 10 phone, you swipe across the screen with your finger. Each area you touch clears up, until the entire display is made visible.


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