We’ve seen a number of alleged leaks when it comes to Research In Motion's new BlackBerry 10 platform, but none have been quite like this. A detailed hands-on video of the upcoming OS surfaced online this week, revealing what could be the most convincing sneak preview yet.
On Tuesday Austrian publication Telekom-Presse posted a lengthy and detailed video walkthrough of what users can expect from the forthcoming BlackBerry Z10 device. Amounting to more than 7 minutes in length, the clip offered an in-depth look at the handset and showcased some of its features.
The Z10 is RIM's first completely touch screen smartphone, and in the footage we see how the company may plan to implement this type of user interface. Unlike the type of lock screen we would see on an Android or iOS phone, the home screen on BlackBerry’s variant slowly fades on the display as you slide you finger onto the screen, according to the video.
Sliding your finger up will also peel back the home screen to reveal Twitter, Dropbox, Facebook and other social apps. A sidebar menu along the screen offers options to email, text or share any content you’re currently viewing, and swiping your finger to the right will take you straight to your email inbox. Like most smartphone software you’ll find on the market, the video indicates that the Z10 will also have quite a few screens for storing apps and widgets.
If this footage turns out to be accurate, it looks like we can expect some exciting things from BlackBerry 10 at the end of the month. It’s interesting to see RIM’s own fresh take on a mobile touch centric operating system, and from what can be gathered from this footage it looks like BlackBerry 10 comes in an entirely different flavor than its Apple and Jelly Bean rivals.
This isn't the only alleged sneak preview of BlackBerry 10 to pop up this week. On Wednesday, CrackBerry reported that an internal sales manual for the forthcoming BlackBerry Z10 and X10 has leaked to the Web.
The pamphlet is filled with images and seems to confirm some previously rumored specs, according to BGR. The report did not specify exactly which specs were revealed in the manual, but earlier this month BlackBerry blog BBIN.IN posted that the Z10 will reportedly feature a TI OMAP 4470 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and a display resolution of 1280x768. Although the links to these purported BlackBerry 10 pamphlets are invalid at this time, some of the allegedly leaked literature indicates that employee training has begun.
From what we've seen about the Z10 so far, we can gather that the device is likely to boast fluid and gesture based technology. We’ll be looking forward to learning more about on Jan. 30, and take a look at the video below to see for yourself.
Lisa Eadicicco is a reporter covering mobile technology and video games for The International Business Times. Lisa joined the editorial team at IBT in January 2012, and has...