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De-Emphasizing Real Keys
The purported specs of a BB10 smartphone have also appeared on the Web, reportedly as leaked information. They present a BB10 L-series phone with a 4.2-inch, 1280x768 touchscreen , 2 GB of memory , 16 GB of internal storage , a front-facing 2 megapixel camera with 720p video recoding, and a back-facing 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, auto focus, 5X digital zoom and the ability to record 1080p video. RIM declined to comment on the reported specs.
Meanwhile, developers have said they have not received BB10 smartphones with physical keyboards, only on-screen touch ones -- another indication that RIM will be de-emphasizing its previous emphasis on real keys.
The physical keyboard was a key signature of the product line, and the BlackBerry name reportedly came from the idea that the tiny black keys resembled the tasty fruits. A company spokesperson said prototype devices with physical keyboards will be released, but not until after the Jan. 30 launch.
Posted: 2013-01-19 @ 4:33pm PT
I love the QWERTY live keyboards. Can't stand touch screen keys. Hope they become relevant again in the smartphone market.