Both the rumor-mill and leak-generators are gathering serious momentum in the run-up to the BlackBerry 10 release date, with today bringing us a YouTube video apparently depicting the upcoming BlackBerry Z10 in all its glory. If authentic, the video confirms that the device and the BlackBerry 10 OS powering it are both well and truly primed for global launch.
From the video, it would appear as though the primary method of interface with BlackBerry 10 is swiping as opposed to clicking the touchscreen – one of the features being an apparent swipe-to-unlock system, not to be confused with Apple’s slide-to-unlock patent.
We can also see from the video that the BlackBerry Z10 – assuming that’s what’s really here, will come with a handy notification LED at the top, which lets the user know if they have an email, message or anything that warrants their attention without having to unlock the device and check manually.
The leaked movie also includes a brief show of how apps are opened and switched between – apps being one of the key drivers behind the ultimate success or otherwise of the BlackBerry 10 project.
Sadly, we’ve still seen neither hide nor hair of the fabled BlackBerry X10 – the full QWERTY keyboard-toting sibling of the Z10 which is rumored to be launching on the same day. All eyes are once again on January 30th to find out exactly what RIM apparently hasn’t done a very good job in keeping a lid on, along with those all-important US release dates.
Just this week, all four carriers confirmed that they will be backing the BlackBerry 10 drive by offering their own BB10 Smartphones at some point this year. RIM had previously confirmed that no less than 50 carriers around the world will offer the BlackBerry 10, though have yet to offer any solid details on release dates, prices and variants.