‘iPhone-Killer’: Photos of the Next BlackBerry Phone Leaked Online

Images of the new BlackBerry 10 gizmo leaked from Vietnamese site Tinh Te at the end of 2012. RIM is expected to formally take the wraps off the new device as well as the BlackBerry 10 operating system on January 30.

RIM will formally unveil the Z10 and the new BlackBerry 10 operating system at a big press event on January 30. Photo: Tinh Te

Photos of the upcoming BlackBerry Z10 for both AT&T and Verizon have been leaked online by the Business Insider.

The source who provided the images says he’s been testing two variants of the phone recently – one on Verizon and one on AT&T.

Images of the new BlackBerry 10 gizmo leaked from Vietnamese site Tinh Te at the end of 2012. BI’s photos, which show purported BlackBerry devices from AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) side by side with an iPhone 5, depict a super-sleek gadget that looks like the offspring of a Samsung Galaxy and Apple’s (AAPL) phone.

The initial impression about the gadget are pretty good. It is reported that the build quality is really nice. The back cover feels rubbery and snaps on sort of like the back cover on Samsung’s Galaxy S III.

The screen of the new Blackberry looks great. What concerns the web browser, it is said that it is very quick, just as fast as a desktop browser.

It also supports Flash and also integrates with Evernote.

You can set up separate profiles for work and personal use. This type of the phone is good for people who want to use one phone for business and play.

The new AppWorld store looks a lot like the Google Play store for Android apps.

It only takes one minute to boot up.

According to the CNN, RIM is expected to formally take the wraps off the new device as well as the BlackBerry 10 operating system on January 30.

BI’s tipster notes that the build quality of the phone is very high and that it has features that are likely to appeal to traditional BlackBerry customers, including the ability to use the phone in separate modes for work or personal use. It reportedly only takes one minute to boot.

In fact RIM ended the year in a better position (relatively) than it has in a long time. Its FQ3 2013 results showed fewer handsets shipped than analysts had hoped (6.9 million versus an estimate of 7.5 million by Wells Fargo, for example) and lost about 1 million subscribers, says the CNN.

Actually that is the bad news, which most observers of the company are used to by now.

And what is the  good one? RIM achieved its targeted $1 billion in savings a quarter ahead of time. Its painful staff reductions are about 75% complete. That means the battered company is in decent shape going into what will surely be the most important product launch in its history.

And now the question arises whether these are indeed the devices debuting at the end of the month, do you think BlackBerry will have what it takes to compete with Apple?

Earlier there also have been leaks. Sourced from a Vietnamese tech news site they show a gadget that’s sleek, shiny and futuristic – and that looks suspiciously like an iPhone, reported the Daily Mail.

The images suggested Research In Motion has finally dropped the full keyboard that was their brand’s virtual trademark in favour of a full touchscreen device.

They purport to show the BlackBerry 10 L-Series, which is expected to be released at the end of January.

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