With the launch of RIM's BlackBerry 10 operating system just several weeks away, the next question is what type of devices will be running the company's next-gen OS? We've seen a few leaks hit the web, and now it appears that one of RIM's BB10 gadgets has made its way through the official government approval process.
This weekend, two mystery versions of a new RIM smartphone showed up in the Federal Communications Commission's database. RIM must receive FCC approval before releasing its new gadgets in the US, and it seems to be well on its way.
BlackBerry model number RFF91LW hit the FCC site on Sunday, according to Engadget, which reported that the device was put through standard tests and given the green light for AT&T's LTE and GSM bands. While the handset's label was censored, the filed paperwork points to at least three RIM devices running OS 10.0.9 - possibly the L-series BlackBerry Z10, Engadget said, or simply one of the Dev Alpha devices handed out in recent months.
Documents for the model RFH121LW handset don't reveal much about specs or connectivity.
There's more to the upcoming BB10 OS, though, including BBM with video chat and screen sharing, according to leaked slides. As reported by Engadget, the images have been removed from various sites, helping to confirm their legitimacy.
The slides tip the ability to chat via video call "for improved collaboration and share a presentation or spreadsheet instantly to help get the message across more clearly - all at the push of a button." That would be a big step up from the VoIP function included in the recent BBM 7 update, which limits users to BBM contacts and works only via Wi-Fi connection.
Additionally, "BlackBerry Remember" is also a likely feature, bringing a sort of to-do-list/project management tool with Microsoft Outlook integration.
"We understand that there is a lot of excitement for BlackBerry 10," a RIM spokesman said in a statement. "We will launch the platform on January 30th and until then we won't comment on speculation."
Without more leaks, BlackBerry fans will simply have to wait until RIM's official BlackBerry 10 launch event in New York City at the end of January.