BlackBerry Milan image surfaces on the web; portrait QWERTY slider running BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry Milan image surfaces on the web; portrait QWERTY slider running BlackBerry 10
The BlackBerry 10 platform, formerly known as BBX, got officially unveiled by RIM during the 2011 BlackBerry DevCon Asia. It is meant to power both smartphones and tablets alike, and will support embedded telematics devices as well. The list of BlackBerry 10 key features includes support for cloud services, BBM networking services, HTML5, and mobile payments. It is also of significance that developers will not need to register or to pay any fees in order to start developing BlackBerry 10 apps.

The BlackBerry Milan is expected to be among the devices that will launch in 2012 running the BlackBerry 10 platform. It is actually the second BlackBerry 10 device, an image of which leaks on the web, the first one being the recently photographed BlackBerry London. We seem to be dealing with a portrait QWERTY slider with a touchscreen – a form factor reminiscent to that of the BlackBerry Torch 9810

A couple of tweaks appear to have been made, however. First of all, judging by its image, the BlackBerry Milan has a display with a wider aspect ratio when compared to the Torch 9810's VGA display. Besides, the physical design of the device in the image is quite different from what a BlackBerry smartphone would be associaced with: instead of curved top and bottom edges we see sharply cut corners and straight lines. It is also said that its display's pixel density will surpass that of the Retina Display found on the iPhone 4 and 4S, yet that is nothing but a rumor right now.

It is said that the first BlackBerry 10 device may launch before Q1 of 2012 is over and that RIM is working on at least 5 devices that will run the platform. The unofficial BlackBerry 10 roadmap for 2012 hints at what we should be expecting to roll out of RIM's workshop.

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1. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

Interesting Design. I'm Glad RIM are moving away from the generic 'every BB looks almost the same' desings they've been using for a while. Looks a lot like a elongated Palm Pre though, but nicer.

2. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

more compromised tiny keys just to stick with their traditional design. this will totally sell well.(sarcasm fyi)

3. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

I't would be nice to see blackberry put out a nice screen like that.(better than iphone retina display)

4. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Love that form factor. Always thought it would be perfect with a 4.3" display and 70mm wide to give enough room for a spacious keyboard.

5. 1iam5mith

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Eww I Wouldnt Own This If You Paid Me! IOS, Android, Winpho7 FTW!!!!!!

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