A mysterious BlackBerry smartphone, one that may be part of Research in Motion’s January 30 BlackBerry 10 launch, has reportedly passed through the FCC, meaning that the device has been certified for a certain standard of connectivity.
This unknown BlackBerry phone, which may be the high-end Z10 or the midrange X10 with QWERTY keyboard or even a Dev Alpha test phone, was spotted on an FCC listing with model number RFF91LW. This doesn’t say much, but what the listing does indicate is that the mystery phone has been certified for AT&T 4G LE and GSM. It has also been certified for a handful of international frequency bands, which suggests that RIM is making sure this new device should be good to go for the Canadian company’s international customers. According to the FCC listing, at least three of the new RIM devices that were submitted for certification are running on BlackBerry 10.0.9.
Going back to the BlackBerry X10, the midrange phone was again leaked out, but this time with much clearer photos; previous leaks showed the device snapped with a “blurrycam” shot. These previous leaks were, despite the blurry quality, generous enough to showcase some of the device’s external features. These new photos provide a glimpse at the X10’s front and back, and in front we can see that the BlackBerry X10 will indeed come with a minuscule screen, at least in comparison to the 5-inch monster phones currently being released and manufactured. The QWERTY keyboard is laid out edge-to-edge, and again we can see how easy it should be to text and type using this phone. The rear view photo features the camera lens and flash, but it’s impossible to infer how many megapixels the X10’s camera sensor would be. Chances are the X10, being a midrange phone, will have a 5-megapixel rear shooter rather than the usual 8 megapixels.