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05/07/2013

Photos of possible new BlackBerry leaked

 

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Photo via bjxiaoc.com
New photos of a possible replacement for the BlackBerry Curve appear to have been leaked on a Chinese website.

 

The images, which were soon removed from the initial source but still accessible through other avenues, show a smartphone that closely resembles the Q10.

Half of the handset’s front shows a 3.1-inch touchscreen. The other half shows a QWERTY keyboard with actual clicky buttons (bulkier than the Q10’s slim keyboard).

They’re calling the phone the R10.

Other features this mystery handset is rumoured to have include a 5-megapixel camera, a bump down from the 8-megapixel unit found on the Q10.

The site also says the rumoured R10 has a lower-capacity battery and 8 GB of storage.

With those kinds of specs, it seems like the R10 is a watered-down version of the range-topping Z10 and Q10.

But the watered-down version could be a good thing, if the company formerly known as RIM wants to get more smartphones in the hands of more people.

Heck – even Apple is rumoured to be coming out with a budget (cheaper) iPhone this year.

So if BlackBerry comes out with a cheaper phone, the R10, do you think that will drastically help the company?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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