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Research In Motion is pinning its hopes on new smartphones using a much improved platform, but the company isn’t showing off the final product until next month. A video surfaced today one of the reported new phones, giving a potential glimpse of RIM’s future.

BlackBerry L-series

Officially, Research In Motion isn’t taking the wraps off of any new BlackBerry smartphones until next month. Unofficially, and somewhat typically these days, you can get an early look at the reported new BlackBerry L-series phone and operating system. A hands-on video from a Vietnamese site appeared Wednesday on YouTube, showing off a thin phone that takes design cues from Apple’s iPhone.

From what we can see — and assuming the video is not fake, which I don’t believe it is — the phone dismisses any hardware buttons on the front of the device. Some navigation gestures appear to start from off of the phone screen, much like the gestures used on RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook tablet.

The video also shows the new platform’s ability to multitask and seamlessly find all communications for any particular contact, something that RIM is likely to point out as a key strength compared to other platforms. Additionally, there’s a glimpse of the apps that may first appear on the operating system: Foursquare, FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn all make an appearance.

One aspect that surprises me are the two ports on the side of this alleged BlackBerry phone. These would be used for charging the device and connecting it to any external data or video source: think computer or monitor. Any dock for this design would require the phone to be in landscape mode, which isn’t a problem, but is generally different than other handsets. We’ll find out more about those, and other aspects of the new handset line, in January when RIM reveals all.

  1. Nicholas Paredes Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    About all we can see from this is that primary OS interactions are mirror images of iOS, with a lack of polish on the icons. Seriously, is this going anywhere in the face of Android and iOS?

    The side ports would enable a keyboard case that flips open. I’m sure we’ll see one, since the keypad is a key selling point of BB.

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    1. @Nicholas: you are fool. I don’t have any more words for that. I am laughing at your comments so I cant even explain why I called you a fool Now, go ahead and call me a troll :D

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    2. Nicolas – why would you say it is a variant of iOS? This is a fully re-engineered system.

      BB10 is gonna be great. RIM is the company that put smart in the phone back in 1999-2000. Apple made the smart phone a pocket computer while RIM is asleep – in so doing both Apple and android systems took a negative bite out of “productivity” when using phones. RIM is now fully awake and BB10 is again put another quantum leap in “productivity” of the phones.

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    3. What part of that has ANYTHING to do with the way iOS operates… at all? iOS has a drop-down bar at the top for notifications, pages of applications, and a home button at the bottom. BB 10 has notifications (if you’d limit the Hub by calling it notifications) on the left side of… anything, the launcher pushed off the right side of the screen, and multitasking with gestures. That’s like saying MacOS = Windows, since there is a mouse and keyboard.

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    4. First off you’re an idiot. Second, this is a leaked video and the software isn’t finalised. The software in no part mirrors iOS in any manner as mentioned that this is an OS re-engineered. If have used iOS you would know that or even tested the beta builds of BlackBerry 10 as I have been doing since its release on the Dev Alpha unit.

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  2. Reblogged this on life, the universe, and everything and commented:
    Research in Motion has kept their newest operating system and hardware support – collectively known as BB10 – under tight wraps. But the leaks have finally started happening, and from what we can see so far, everything looks very sleek and modern – on the hardware side, at least.

    It’ll be interesting to keep tabs on how RIM fares in the future, with increased competition from Apple, Android, and Windows Phone.

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  3. The sheer fact that they failed to launch BB10 in time for the Christmas shopping season is proof enough that they don’t get it. History is littered with superior products that failed miserably.

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    1. RIM has learned from the PlayBook launch that it’s better to release a fully-developed product later than one that is not perfect. This thing rocks! It is from everything I’ve seen, ready to take on all the competition.

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  4. Jayk, that was the old management. The new management was stuck with the old, slow schedule, so time wasn’t on there side initially. What the new management has done in a year is phenomenal.

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  5. BB10 devices are going to suck. They’ll feel low quality and cheap (Playbook anyone?). No one will want one after they touch it.

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    1. EXBB
      The same can be said of your comment.

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  6. This seems like a good start for RIM. Let’s see what happens next

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