Rebranded from old moniker RIM, with a new OS and two fresh handsets in its pocket, BlackBerry has set about making its mark on 2013. The Canadian firm’s comeback hasn’t arrived in a particularly stunning blaze of glory, but progress is steady and the imminent unveiling of a budget to mid-range smartphone – sporting the trademark physical keyboard – looks to set to keep up some momentum.
The rumoured device is expected to be named the BlackBerry R10, with leaks and reports starting to drip through over the past week. Yet the latest revelations provide the clearest picture yet of what the phone may have in store, as tech blog BGR has posted a series of images and specifications purporting to be that of the R10.
The photographs in question show what looks like a cheaper version of the newly-launched BlackBerry Q10; the physical keyboard smartphone that was unveiled alongside the touchscreen-only Z10 back in January, as BlackBerry stays true to its stylistic roots.
According to BGR, the R10 will feature a 3.1in display with 720p resolution, a 5-megapixel camera, 8GB of internal storage, 2GB RAM, and a 1,800 mAh battery.
The site also claims the BlackBerry R10 could be launched “later this month,” potentially leaving three BlackBerry 10 devices on the shelves by the end of May.
It remains early days in BlackBerry’s shot at a revival, but figures released in March suggested the BlackBerry Z10 had not made a flying start to life on the market. The Q10 generated a far more palpable buzz, however, as an exclusive launch at Selfridges saw the device sell out in just two hours.
"The BlackBerry Q10 has been, without a doubt, the most highly anticipated smartphone we have ever sold and is already our most successful,” Selfridges' head of Home and Leisure, Julian Slim said last week.
As an affordable version of the QWERTY classic, could the R10 perform even better?