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BlackBerry 10 Smartphone Images Leaked Ahead Of RIM Event

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RIM is banking everything on the launch of BlackBerry 10. This is the device that will get them back in the game. The first BlackBerry 10 smartphone might be revealed next week, but a recent leak may have given us our first look at the device.

Italian BlackBerry fan site, BlackBerryItalia, recently got a hold of some images they claim to be of the new BlackBerry L-series handset. It will most likely be the first handset to feature BlackBerry 10 early next year. Let’s take a look, shall we?

BlackBerry 10 Leaks

Upon first inspection, the supposed “Savior of RIM” is not all that impressive. It’s a smartphone… and that’s it. The design doesn’t seem far too removed from what we’ve become used to in the Android and iOS dominated market. It’s not a bad thing, but a little differentiation couldn’t hurt either.

The true test, like with all smartphones, will come when we finally get a good luck at the operating system. Software sells hardware and RIM has to convince people that BlackBerry 10 is good for enterprise and entertainment.

We’ll find out next week if RIM can recapture their old mojo at the BlackBerry Jam Americas event in San Jose. This is do or die time at the company and any screw up could be costly. Apple is raking in the dough with the iPhone 5 and Samsung is leading the Android pack. Microsoft is also showing off impressive hardware and software with the Nokia Lumia 920.

Unfortunately, Microsoft and RIM are both in same boat here. They failed to establish themselves at the beginning of the smartphone race and are paying dearly for it. Both are offering competent alternatives to Android and iOS, but it may be too late. Relevancy fades quickly in the smartphone market, and RIM needs to prove they have what it takes to stay in the game.

At least Microsoft and RIM signed a patent deal today. Even if BlackBerry 10 flops, Microsoft will get some licensing fees out of it.

[h/t: CrackBerry]

BlackBerry 10 Smartphone Images Leaked Ahead Of RIM Event
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  • Jon

    It’s already dead in the water. The main thing people liked about the Blackberry was the keyboard versus touchscreen and that’s seeming now abandoned.

    Now all you’ve got is a first generation OS – still not ready for months – with hardly any apps. Why would you get such a phone? Especially from a company that hasn’t any design savvy.

    • Nick

      Research In Motion is launching to models, L-Series (Full Touch screen) & the N-Series (Keyboard Version) which will launch either with or a bit later after L-Series. Don’t count RIM out. The only real reason for why there in the spot there in now is for taking too long to launch a much higher performance device, otherwise they’d be among the top 3 best smartphone companies in the world still

  • yahhewenthere

    ..It looks like an Iphone! (sarcasm)

  • Mike Tyson

    RIM might make an Apple comeback – check this out:

    http://mobileleadersalliance.com/home/2012/08/02/rim-poised-comeback/

  • Nick

    I think it look sexy BTW can’t lie

  • Uzman

    Who goes for apple if one has tasted BlackBerry. Biased thing is our ultimate love for BB ;)

  • 2 Late

    I hate to say it but it’s too late for RIM, Apple and Android are to key players, Microsoft and RIM will struggle to ever gain market share. RIM just flat out dropped the ball. Most corporate users are dropping them and going with Apple or Android and that’s their bread in butter in the US market. Surely gaining a typical non-corporate user who has already invested $$$ in a large iTunes library or Android and spent plenty in the Android Market aka Google Play, will be difficult if not impossible. Palm webOS is a good measure of what to expect….anyone remember that??

    Nokia and RIM once the greatest now barely surviving…