RIM reveals Blackberry 10 alpha developer device at Blackberry Jam

Blackberry-10-dev-alphaLast month, we found out that RIM would be handing out some prototype BlackBerry hardware at their BlackBerry Jam/World conference that is going on right now. We also knew that the prototype would be running Blackberry 10, the oft-rumored newest installment of the Canadian company's OS, but beyond that there were few details.

All of that was cleared up today, as RIM gave out the developer device as promised, and we now know the specifics on RIM's blueprint piece of BlackBerry hardware.

Primarily, the display has received a huge upgrade compared to previous BlackBerries, and is now a 4.2-inch capacitive panel with a 1280 x 768 resolution, slightly better than other 720p displays.

Then there's the processor, which is the same dual-core OMAP4430 found in the PlayBook, although the clock speed is unknown. This is paired with a full 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which should be plenty for the QNX-based BB10 OS.

It may not be the very latest in smartphone tech, but this prototype is quite a step up from what BlackBerry devices have been offering. Hopefully, production of BlackBerry 10 consumer devices like this start soon, because this hardware looks good enough to draw some converts. We will have to wait and see how the software turns out, but so far things are looking good for RIM and BlackBerry 10.

[SlashGear]
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