Research in Motion’s unannounced BlackBerry X10 is probably known best for two things. One, it is a phone that would continue RIM’s tradition of releasing quality devices with physical QWERTY keyboards. Two, preliminary leaks indicate that it will come with an odd, squarish form factor framing a screen that could measure only 3.5 inches at the very most.
And once again, the BlackBerry Bold-esque device has been spotted, this time on an Instagram account as shared by noted RIM-centric blog Crackberry.
Again, we see how RIM has redesigned the physical keyboard in a way that it resembles a desktop keyboard more than the keyboard design of the older BlackBerry Bold. The X10 image also appears to be that of a prototype, as seen on the “not for sale” message on the bottom of the device. So don’t get your hopes up if you were impressed by this particular X10 leak; the design and features may be a bit different once RIM launches its BlackBerry 10 operating system on January 30.
Speaking of BlackBerry 10, details and photos of the platform in action have also leaked out quite a bit ahead of the January 30 unveiling. A quick, yet official preview was provided by RIM at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show last week, with features such as the BlackBerry Hub and the new and even more intuitive touchscreen keyboard all taking center stage for a few moments.
Overall, BlackBerry 10 appears to be a functional and stable OS that shows a lot of promise for the struggling Canadian company.