BlackBerry opts for phablet with A10
Leaked images show bigger beast than Z10
A number of images of BlackBerry's new flagship smartphone A10 have been leaked by Vietnamese site Tinhte.
The look and feel of the device mimics that of the current BlackBerry banner model, the Z10 and it reportedly runs BlackBerry 10.2. The sharp corners of the Z10 have been filed away to give a device that has contours in common with Samsung's Galaxy S range.
The display appears to be confirmed by the photos as a 5-inch 1280 x 720 AMOLED screen, which would file the A10 under the phablet category. The photos also show a full touch interface like the one seen on the Z10.
At present the A10 is thought to be powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. The main camera is believed to be 8-megapixels with a 2-megapixel front-facing option. It will carry 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. The battery is 2,800 mAh, but looks like it may not be removable.
With the Z10, BlackBerry tried to move away from its focus on business users to entice consumers. One report, by knowyourmobile.com, suggested the Canada-based firm may go so far as to target gamers with the A10. The lukewarm reception that met the Z10 worldwide may have encouraged BlackBerry to appeal to as many categories as possible with the A10.
The handset is expected to be available by the fourth quarter of this year, with some reports suggesting a November release date.