Samsung Galaxy S3 Rival Alert : Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha Out

It is only a developer phone - which means that it won't be available for the general public to purchase - but the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha smartphone may well have given developers something to get excited about.

The smartphone - which was briefly fondled by the guys at Engadget - has a higher screen resolution than the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook (1,024 x 768 vs. 1,280 x 768) but a much smaller screen (7in vs 4.2in).

It's worth noting that the screen ratio is a 5:3 one (rather than the usual 4:3, 16:10 or 16:9) and the phone has a higher pixel density than the iPhone 4S at 355ppi.

It comes with 1GB RAM, a microSD card slot, a mini HDMI port, 16GB onboard storage, a headphone jack, a front facing camera and a rear facing one.

Surprisingly enough, the smartphone was loaded with PlayBook OS 2.0 rather than with the next generation QNX-based mobile platform which hints at a future convergence.

Engadget's journalists didn't get to find out what processor the phone used but it is likely that RIM will stick with TI and its OMAP range.

Like for Qualcomm's MDP range, future RIM BlackBerry smartphones are likely to use the BB 10 Dev Alpha phone as their blueprints.

The phone will be launched this coming Thursday at an invite-only event in London where ITProPortal.com will be reporting via Rob Kerr, our mobile editor.

You can read more about the Samsung Galaxy S3 and all the gossip surrounding what could turn up to be the biggest non-Apple event of the year on our dedicated liveblog. We will covering the event live from Thursday at 1800 GMT.

Source: Engadget

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