A Vietnamese blog has posted the clearest pictures yet of what is believed to be a BlackBerry 10 L-Series smartphone.
The blog post was picked up by Engadget, who noted the pictures reveal phone's NFC antenna and other features.
These seemingly legitimate snapshots of the L-Series reveal an attractive touchscreen slab that features a removable back cover - complete with an NFC antenna - which also provides access to the phone's micro-SIM and microSD slots, along with a removable 1,800mAh battery. Fans of the unique play / pause toggle will find it happily sitting within the metallic volume rocker, and you'll also notice micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports occupying the left-hand side.
The pictures look similar to the device that is featured on the BlackBerry 10 page
on RIM's website. While there have been plenty of BlackBerry 10 L-Series related 'leaks' in the past, this is definitely the clearest one yet. (For more leaked pictures click here
RIM has announced that it will be showcasing its flagship smartphones
along with the new operating system in several countries on January 30, 2013. There have also been reports suggesting that a QWERTY smartphone running on the BlackBerry 10 OS will start retailing from June 2013.
Some of the features that the BlackBerry 10
smartphones will offer include BlackBerry Flow, BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Balance, and the BlackBerry Keyboard.
BlackBerry Hub is the focus point for the new operating system. It is the place where all messages, notifications, feeds, and calendar events can be seen. One can access the Hub with a simple gesture at any time no matter what you are doing with the smartphone.
BlackBerry Flow is a new user experience that allows one to see minimised windows on their screens and show all the currently running apps. The soft-keyboard in BlackBerry 10 is intuitive, that learns the user's habits as they go along.
Is this the BlackBerry 10 L-Series smartphone?