BlackBerry 10 N-series pictures are best yet

BlackBerry 10 N-series pictures are best yetWith RIM eagerly trying to stir up excitement ahead of the BlackBerry 10 launch next month, it’s fair to say there’s been significantly more focus on the all-touch L-series chaps, including the BlackBerry Z10.

But dry those tears if you’re eager for QWERTY beaver, as the BlackBerry 10 N-series is finally getting some proper picture-leak lovin’. We're calling this guy the BlackBerry X10 for now.

An N4BB exclusive introduces no less than three BlackBerry X10 pics, and they’re easily the best we’ve seen to date.

As observed previously, the BlackBerry 10 N-series device looks a heck of a lot like the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900, which ain’t surprising since it was arguably RIM’s finest moment.

BlackBerry X10 specs remain a mystery, though we’ve clearly got four rows of edge-to-edge keys (okay, three rows of edge-to-edge keys, and a handful more at the bottom).

I think if - if - I were to embrace BlackBerry 10 at any point, I’d be more inclined to opt for N-series action – but hey, maybe that’s just me.

The BlackBerry 10 launch goes down on January 30, and we’re promised that the first devices will be available shortly thereafter. We're actually really looking forward to RIM, like, doing stuff next year.

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 31, 2012 at 19:14

Not impressed by the keypad - the Moto Pro+ has those letters too close to the margin, and it ruins the typing.
The back of the device has got to be a joke, right? Just a proto-dummie. After the quality style of the 9900 they cannot deliver that rubbish.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 1, 2013 at 02:10

Lovely to use more than three words...for a change :p.

I agree with you, Jan, the 9900 looks much nicer (and higher quality). Unless BB10 is the best OS the world's ever seen, I think a now pretty cheap 9900 would be a better work only/higher-security phone than this new model.

Neither of these new BBs look like they'll come close to an S3/N2/iP5 as an all-round smartphone, though. Not to mention the fact that the Play Store and App Store are both now fully fledged media providing tools, whereas the BB App World is an overpriced mess with comparatively few options.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 1, 2013 at 12:05

Lovely to use more than three words...for a change :p.

I agree with you, Jan, the 9900 looks much nicer (and higher quality). Unless BB10 is the best OS the world's ever seen, I think a now pretty cheap 9900 would be a better work only/higher-security phone than this new model.

Neither of these new BBs look like they'll come close to an S3/N2/iP5 as an all-round smartphone, though. Not to mention the fact that the Play Store and App Store are both now fully fledged media providing tools, whereas the BB App World is an overpriced mess with comparatively few options.


Well...yes. I wouldn't mind the small number of apps in the App World - if the thing at least worked... Awfully slow, search is pretty random etc etc... As to the OS: hard to say. Some features I read about at least suggest RIM are trying to come up with new things. Not exciting enough that I can name any of those things now - I forgot :D (except: apparently their onscreen keyboard is very good)
It's also suggested BBM will be overhauled by something more iMessage-liks?
And some type of media service. That however makes me wonder - seeing how slow the Appworld is even over wifi or 3G, I can't quite see RIM delivering Music or Movies via, ahem, BIS or BES ...

Hardwarewise - what's to say? I'm sure the qwerty device will look very different once released - and anyhoo, in that sector they are only competing with themselves (some entry level qwerties aside). The Touchers all look the same in early shots, so until I see it...

But yeah - my own opinion aside: maybe they finally caught up with hardware. Maybe the OS is better, but wooooosh - now it's all about services. People want free Cloud with their phone, movies, music etc etc....Even if many folks don't use those IRL.

judgey  Jan. 2, 2013 at 00:31

dont u think they have had there day like nokia to little to late?

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 2, 2013 at 01:09

dont u think they have had there day like nokia to little to late?
I agree with you, I think BB10 will be about as much of a fail as WP has been.

judgey  Jan. 2, 2013 at 01:20

Dont know why they dont just at least "try" the android route it could even save them...

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 2, 2013 at 01:36

Dont know why they dont just at least "try" the android route it could even save them...
Again, I think it's too late.

rustyknight17  Jan. 3, 2013 at 01:00

dont u think they have had there day like nokia to little to late?
I agree with you, I think BB10 will be about as much of a fail as WP has been.

Disagree , BB10 looks awesome to me !

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:09

Unless they totally totally overprice them, or launch with major bugs and flaws, these are viable devices imho... And if only 10 % of teens who now use low-end or midrange BBs for BBM move up, these will outsell WP in one quarter. Add enterprise users etc and comparing this to WP is great for lulz, but utterly unrealistic. Unlike WinMo to WP7 this won't kill every single useful feature. And unlike WP7 to WP8 this will bring real change, real innovation while maintaining traditional BB functionality.
It won't change fandroid minds, but then: what would? ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 3, 2013 at 13:05

Unless they totally totally overprice them
Remember the Bold 9900?

And if only 10 % of teens who now use low-end or midrange BBs for BBM move up
I get the feeling these aren't replacements for the 8520 (that's the "youth" BB, isn't it?), and more replacements for the high end Torch and Bold models.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 3, 2013 at 14:50

Yes, matt - but newsflash: people get older...from pocketmoney to summerjob to real job...
I recently 'trained' a 19 year old who worked over christmas - among other things to buy a 9900 (which you are right about: RIM priced that one to death, and the midrange cam in that beauty? Wtf?!)

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