Research In Motion plans to release the BlackBerry 10 handset on Jan. 30, and based on some newly leaked information, the company looks to be right on schedule to deliver the enticing new smartphone. The FCC recently approved a BlackBerry 10 device with AT&T support, according to PC-tablet.com.
The FCC reportedly received three devices from RIM seeking approval, all using the BlackBerry 10.0.9 OS, with the "RFF91LW" model number, running on AT&T's LTE and GSM bands, as well as a few international frequencies. This marks the first time a specific carrier is featured on a BlackBerry 10 device, according to Mobile & Apps, and also seems to strongly suggest the Z10 model of the smartphone will indeed feature LTE wireless connectivity.
Numerous purported images of the BlackBerry 10 N-series have been floating around the Internet over the last few months, and the model number "RFF91LW" could easily be one of them.
"In building BlackBerry 10, we set out to create a truly unique mobile computing experience that constantly adapts to your needs. Our team has been working tirelessly to bring our customers innovative features combined with a best in class browser, a rich application ecosystem, and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities. All of this will be integrated into a user experience - the BlackBerry Flow - that is unlike any smartphone on the market today," said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of RIM.
When the BlackBerry 10 is eventually released on Jan. 30 the phone will reportedly be available in two models, the X10 and Z10, according to BGR. The Z10, also known as the L-series, features a touch-screen keyboard, removable back cover, NFC antenna, micro-SIM and microSD slots, and a removable 1,800mAh battery. The model also has USB and micro-HDMI ports on the left-hand side of the smartphone, giving it extra ability to hook up with other devices and accessories.
The X10 model opts for a more traditional design using the old school QWERTY style keyboard. The phone will reportedly be available in both black and white, and rumors indicate the phone will feature a 4.2-inch screen with 1280x768 resolution.
The BlackBerry 10 includes a feature called Balance, which encrypts work data and separates content, and a feature called Flow that's a suite of new gesture controls.
Further information regarding the specs and features of the new BlackBerry 10 handset are still scarce and vague. However, if the release of RIM's new smartphone is anything like the product releases we've already seen this year for devices like the iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy SIII we'd bet heavily on more leaks of information and pictures in the coming weeks.
Rather not wait until Jan. 30 to get your hands on RIM's new smartphone? You can pre-order the BlackBerry 10 now from Canadian carrier, Rogers.