Leading up to the impending launch of BlackBerry 10, pictures of more and more devices are getting leaked online. The latest in the series of leaks are pictures of the BlackBerry X10, courtesy of BlackBerry Empire. The phone is part of the BlackBerry 10 N series, and might be unveiled during the launch event. It is also interesting to note that the device seems to be a full touchscreen, and also features a full QWERTY keyboard.
Just a few days ago, pictures of the BlackBerry Z10 had been leaked. The images depict the device in black and white colours. Recently, images of some BB10 phones were leaked, including those of the BlackBerry X10, an N-series BB10 phone and the BlackBerry Z10. According to GSMArena, the images were originally posted in the technology section – /g/ – of the image board, 4chan.
Of the two phones, the Z10 is the only one that is completely touchscreen. The other two phones have full QWERTY keyboards. The BlackBerry X10 has a striking resemblance to HTC’s full QWERTY phone – the HTC ChaCha.
Canada-based Research in Motion has its hopes pinned on its massive launch of BlackBerry 10 scheduled for the end of this month. At its event, the company will be introducing a couple of its devices running the new OS that has interests piqued too. A senior executive had revealed to Fierce Wireless that through the course of this year, the company will be releasing a bunch of BB10 handsets, catering to the high, middle and lower end price points of the market.
In fact, according to RIM CMO Frank Boulben, RIM will introduce at least six BB10 devices this year, beginning with an all-touch device and a phone with a QWERTY keyboard, which it will announce at the end of the month. In an interview with Fierce Wireless at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013, Boulben stated that the company “does not have any exclusive relationships with carriers for BB10 in any markets.” He went on to add, “We intend over time as we transition the portfolio to have a full range of devices.”
Ever since talks surrounding BlackBerry 10 first began, analysts have held that the success of the platform is crucial for the company’s future. An optimistic Boulben revealed that 150 carriers are testing the phones running the new OS globally. Interestingly, Boulben further revealed that at the time of the BB10 launch, there will be at least 70,000 applications available, complete with strong developer support. Reportedly, the company has been eyeing the top 600 apps across major markets, and according to Boulben, the new platform will support approximately 90 percent of those apps.