RIM’s BlackBerry 10 L-Series has been the talk of the tech town for quite some time now and keeps cropping up here and there in the form of supposedly leaked imaged and various other renderings. However, we so far haven’t seen hide nor hair of its QWERYY keyboard-toting sibling in the form of the BlackBerry 10 N-Series, which is expected to launch slightly after the full-touchscreen option next February.
So, in the meantime it’s up to the glimpses and sneak peeks at the full touchscreen L-Series to let us know what we can expect when the new OS and device range rolls around next year. Whether genuine leaks or a deliberate ploy to stir up excitement, chances are we’ve seen the real deal and we now know exactly what the final post-Dev Alpha BB10 will look like.
And without stating the obvious, we can be forgiven for making immediate comparisons to one market-leading iPhone.
Design-wise at least, the shape of the BlackBerry 10 L-Series is pretty much identical to that of the iPhone, by way of a rectangular shape with rounded edges. Not that this would have triggered alarm bells a couple of years ago, but given how petty the global Smartphone patent war has become we wouldn’t be all-that surprised to see any device with a faintly rectangle shape facing Tim Cook and his cronies in the docks
Also similar to the iPhone and the new generation of Smartphones in general, the overall look of the BB10 L-Series is discreet and with minimal distractions, sporting only a single home button on the front and the physical volume controls to the side. We can also clearly see a micro HDMI port, micro USB port and twin cameras.
A look under the rear cover reveals a microSD card slot for bumping up storage space and a replaceable battery – often a deal-breaker for corporate clients.
As for the L-Series, it’s still a case of guesswork as to how the design elements will change, but at least there isn’t long to wait until the 30th January BlackBerry 10 reveal