Leaked: hands-on video with RIM's first BlackBerry 10 smartphone

Leaked: hands-on video with RIM's first BlackBerry 10 smartphoneFancy a sneak peek at the forthcoming BlackBerry 10 hardware RIM is expected to let loose early next year?

Well step right up and feast your eyes on this leaked BB 10 L-Series image and video hands-on, which dishes up a few interesting details for us to mull over.

There's no telling for sure if the handset in question is a final design – from both a hardware and software point of view – but given RIM's insistence that its BlackBerry 10 debutant is all but good to go, we'll assume this is pretty close to the finished product.

Not that you can actually see very much thanks to the poor light and what appears to be a deliberate blurring around the sides of the device.

The only hardware detail the video reveals is the claim that the BB10 standard-bearer will ship with a (removable) 1,800mAh battery.

What we do get, however, is a strong visual sense of how the BlackBerry 10 OS interface will look when it's finally released into the wild.

The homescreen plays host to all the standard apps you'd expect to see on a RIM smartphone (BBM, App World, etc) plus a couple of newbies such as FocalPoint and Story Maker. From a purely visual point of view, the layout looks neat but uninspiring, following as it does the standard four-column app grid layout we've become all too familiar with from the likes of iOS and Android.

That's not a criticism, it's more just that RIM boss Thorsten Heins has done such a good job of talking BB10 up we were expecting something groundbreaking rather than conventional.

It's a solid start, though, and we'll be keeping you up to date with further info on the BlackBerry 10 brigade as soon as we get it.

BlackBerry Italia via Slashgear

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2012 at 11:57

Hope they change the icons and get rid of the huge labels. What more can one say based on that bit of footage? Don't use blue homescreen wallpapers. It's very XP

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 4, 2012 at 12:44

Hope they change the icons and get rid of the huge labels.
When I saw it, one word entered my mind....

TouchWiz.

satchef1  Sep. 4, 2012 at 14:46

Oh joy. Another clone UI.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2012 at 17:01

Oh joy. Another clone UI.
Hahaha yes. TBH, I had no problem with BB 7. At least it was 'different' and if they hadn't 'broken' the theming engine for months and months it would have offered plenty of scope for personalisation.
RIM are not going to silence the professional nay-sayers by copying TouchWiz.

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