Research in Motion has lifted the lid on its highly-anticipated BlackBerry 10 project, just long enough to show off a few key specs and features prior to next year’s release date. Critics and consumers alike will take quite some convincing that the seemingly endless release date delays will prove justified, but the limited insights we have so far paint a picture of significant BlackBerry improvements to say the least.
Previous leaks and sneak-peaks from RIM have already brought to light a BlackBerry 10 Smartphone that certainly lives up to today’s standards in terms of appearance. Sporting a sleek and slender exterior, the BlackBerry 10 L-Series will first hit the market as a touchscreen-only device, which will be followed by a slide-out keyboard version a little later.
However, it is of course what lies beneath the hood that really counts and RIM is looking to concentrate far more on features and user-experience than raw power – the ongoing business model used by Apple.
This Thursday saw RIM’s new Time Warp camera feature make its first public debut, which enables the user to rule-out taking photographs while a person’s eyes are closed. In addition, schedule and calendar functions have been made available directly from the lock screen – a vast improvement from scouring menus for both last time around.
RIM’s all-new multi-language predictive text system for BlackBerry 10 also appears to be one of the best in the business by far, which is likely to prove a huge draw for business clients working in several different languages.
However, RIM executives were just as keen to remind those in attendance that there would be far more goodies served up when the BlackBerry 10 release date finally rolls around next March, stating that the company was “holding a lot of stuff back” for launch.
RIM has already delayed the BlackBerry 10 release date a handful of times over the course of 2012, which has done little to bolster the already-shaken confidence of consumers and investors on a global basis.