A lot is anticipated about RIM’s upcoming BB 10 smartphones. Though RIM has invested a lot of thought and resources into making an innovative and huge change in the coming handsets, but nothing can be said so far; whether this effort will bear fruit or not.
First of all let’s have a quick glance at BB 10 features and specifications:
BlackBerry 10 Features
BlackBerry 10 super phone features include predictive text bezel gestures, and window FLOW and swipe support. It is all set to offer you a mesmerizing camera experience as it will allow users to rewind frames with a time line scrubber so that they can click a perfect snap. Interestingly, RIM has tried to ensure that BB 10 is more user-friendly as well as more developer friendly. And the best part? BB 10 will support majority of android apps. Now that’s something that will make people want to try out the new handsets. In fact, it will not be an exaggeration to say that BB 10 would indeed be a treat for game lovers. Reportedly, N.O.V.A. 3, a first-person shooter game is all set to make debut in BB 10 along with a whole bunch of exciting games.
RIM’s upcoming BB 10 will boast a couple of new software applications as well, and since the new operating system is giving more freedom to developers, we can expect more apps in the App World this time. Also, they have revamped the look of App World, so if you are an Android or iPhone user, now switching to BlackBerry will become even easier. Some simple yet attractive features like drop-down menus and progress indicators have been used to enhance the overall appeal of new BB 10 handsets.
The boring black/chrome colors of BlackBerry are going to say goodbye with a new type of interface. Now apps will have 3D effects, or it might just be a rumor. Cascades will be made of pre-packaged and pre-designed UI components to help developers achieve the right balance between HTML 5 apps and the new operating system.
RIM will also be taking the invocation Framework a step further in new BB 10 by introducing a brand new feature known as ForeignWindow.
“The Invocation Framework in the BlackBerry 10 platform is designed to allow one app to integrate with another, while also keeping the flow absolutely seamless and natural to the user. See how you can invoke an app with your content and carry out an action while also including an embeddable view of another app inside yours”.
Some while back, RIM’s executive revealed to Canadian press that the first BlackBerry 10 device will leave physical keyboards by opting for faster, smoother, and more dynamic touchscreen keyboards. And it’s been in the news for long.
RIM understands that it is important to have friendly relations with developers, and that’s why they displayed BlackBerry 10 prototype in Toronto to developers who came from all over the world. This event was a part of BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour which is supposed to last till summer end.
Changed Messenger Looks & Lower Battery Consumption
Reportedly, the leaked BB 10 messenger app images took everyone by surprise. In these online leaked images, new BB 10 messenger is flaunting a new darker theme and colors, which has been done in order to reduce battery consumption.
There are different themes, and you can change messenger colors. Besides introducing darker theme, OLED screen will also make sure that this new handset consumes less battery power.
According to the leaked documents, it has been revealed that new BB 10 model, which will not feature physical keyboard, will be known as the ‘L-series’ (former codename ‘London’). And the model that was earlier codenamed ‘Nevada’, featuring physical QWERTY keyboard, will now be known as ‘N-series’.
Features of BlackBerry 10 L-Series and BlackBerry 10 N-series are as follows:
- BlackBerry 10 L-Series- 2.16 inches (55 mm) wide screen, 768×1280 px resolution or 356 px per inch
- BlackBerry 10 N-series –2.08 inches (53 mm) wide screen, 720×720 px resolution or 330 px per inch
There are rumors going around that even though initial release of the N-series model may feature OLED screen but after a while, LCD displays might find their way to later models.
Both N and L models will feature the new BB 10 OS, and the screen quality is said to be even better than Apple’s iPhone retina display. RIM has certainly scored a brownie point for this.
Though BB 10 release date was set for October this year but now it is delayed to first quarter of 2013 in order to avoid direct competition with Apple’s iPhone 5, which is scheduled for fall 2012 release.
It will not be surprising if RIM changes its mind and rolls out BlackBerry L series in the market by September and N-series earlier than the first quarter of 2013. RIM is yet to make announcements regarding official release dates.
While debunking the statement that RIM won’t release BB 10 handsets until later on in 2012 as it is awaiting production of new LTE chipsets, RIM stated, “RIM made a strategic decision to launch BlackBerry 10 devices with a new, LTE-based dual-core chipset architecture. As explained on our earnings call, the broad engineering impact of this decision and certain other factors significantly influenced the anticipated timing for the BlackBerry 10 devices. We appreciate the interest in our future platform and we will continue to work hard to deliver that platform as soon as possible. At the same time, we also remain very excited with the success of our recently launched BlackBerry 7 smartphones and we believe these products offer a very compelling choice for both new customers and the almost 75 million BlackBerry users around the world.”
Let’s not dwell on RIM’s past mistakes or ponder about RIM’s upcoming BB 10’s success/failure right now because great work always speaks for itself. So if BB 10 smartphone would really be an innovative piece striking fresh feel in the market, nothing can stop it from creating a sturdy position for itself. Let’s wish good luck to RIM and let’s hope that its position will no longer fluctuate in the tech- market and it will be successful in claiming its lost leading position, once again.