We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever, and now we have our first legitimate preview of BB10 from RIM. Today, RIM announced the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device and that it will be giving one to every developer who attends BlackBerry 10 Jam, currently taking place in Orlando, FL. RIM stated repeatedly that this is not a final product—just a developer tool to build interest and content. That said, the developers are liking what they see, and I’m liking the hints of what is to come.
The phone features a 4.2-inch screen with 1280 x 768 pixels, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, HSPA+, Bluetooth, WiFi, Micro HDMI, and Micro USB. No word on the processor, and not even a hint as to pricing or release date—this is seriously nothing more than a developer’s device. While most of the features are average, the screen is decidedly above average, with a couple dozen more horizontal pixels, excellent viewing angles, and overall awesomeness. Assuming that the screen isn’t degraded in the final models, and that the processor comes out well in the end, RIM may have something here.
“BlackBerry 10 builds upon the core values and exceptional user experiences that have attracted more than 77 million BlackBerry customers around the world today,” said Alec Saunders, Vice President, Developer Relations and Ecosystems Development.