RIM recently announced that the long-awaited BlackBerry 10 release date is coming in January 2013, but this hasn’t stopped the new device range already being pitted head to head with the iPhone 5. Currently known as the BlackBerry London or the BlackBerry L-Series of Smartphones, the first wave of launches in RIM’s upcoming campaign could literally seal the fate of the company as a whole.
Images have begun appearing online depicting what is said to be an authentic BlackBerry 10 Smartphone alongside the iPhone 5, with RIM’s offering appearing a little larger than Apple’s. Should the images prove accurate, the BlackBerry 10 also appears to be sporting a slightly larger screen, which would talk up with ongoing rumors of a 4.2-inch touchscreen making it to the final release version.
Under the hood, the BlackBerry 10 London is expected to carry a dual-core processor with at least 1GB of RAM, 16GB or storage as standard plus the added bonus of a microSD card slot. Two versions of the first BB10 are likely to launch side by side following January’s release date event – one with a full slide-out keyboard and one touchscreen only model.
On paper therefore and by looks alone, BlackBerry 10 appears to have all the ingredients for the success story RIM is counting on. However, as has been proved by many a manufacturer before it really doesn’t matter how much power and prowess a Smartphone packs under and over the hood, unless it has the perfect OS offering a truly world class user experience.
This is where BlackBerry 10 is either going to make or break RIM, as the world’s love and in some instances addiction to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android is likely to make it very difficult to win over the masses. Nevertheless, RIM has promised that BB10 will deliver something of a “Best of all worlds” experience, offering everything that made BlackBerry great in the first place blended with a few Android and iOS-style touches.