BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha
by Lim Pei Hao
02 May 2012 – Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry operating system has been sending out BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha units to developers in the purpose of testing BlackBerry 10 applications.
At a glance, the device is a black rectangular slate that has a 4.2-inch display with 1280 x 768 resolution pixels. Interestingly, the bezel on the bottom the display is to support gesture movements.
There are no words about the processor, but it is equipped with 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage and a microSD card slot. It also features a Micro HDMI port, a Micro USB port and a micro SIM slot.
Connectivity-wise, it supports HSPA, WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC. There is also a front facing camera located right beside the earpiece. According to The Verge, it is running on a modified version of the PlayBook OS, not the latest BlackBerry 10 that was just announced earlier.
RIM confirmed that this will not be final product release to the end consumers, but merely a testing platform for developers to create BlackBerry 10 apps with new Cascades framework.
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