Research In Motion (NADAQ:RIMM) is on the ropes. As Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) have dominated the mobile computer industry as touchscreen devices proliferated, RIM was left in the dust with its QWERTY designs and poor Internet browsing performance. But, as RIM hopes to prove, slow and steady may win the race.
RIM's answer to Apple iOS and Google Android, Blackberry 10, has leaked in a video and a series of photos that both show beautifully designed smartphones. Photos and a video of the Blackberry L-series, a fully touch-operated smartphone, leaked on a Vietnamese blog Tinh Te.
Although the leak is unofficial, it comes as no surprise that the upcoming releases can be found somewhere on the Internet. Phone makers have been plagued by leaks, perhaps most notably before the launch of the highly anticipated iPhone 5 and Nexus 4. Leaked cellphone images have become part of the ceremonious announcements that happen, and RIM has carried forward the tradition.
The video shows Blackberry models appeared in a YouTube video posted to a Vietnamese site. Assuming the video is not fake, RIM is staged to launch an immaculate looking phone. The Blackberry L Series has a very strong resemblance to the iPhone, and it's screen appears to be strong enough to rival the iPhones too. The purported Blackberry L Series has an incredibly slim and has a gorgeous screen that's extremely sharp, even when viewing it through an online video.
Tinh Te's video shows off Blackberry 10's awesome multitasking capabilities and also how easily contacts can be found in the operating system. RIM is likely to emphasize these as points of differentiation once the operating system actually enters the market. The video shows icons for Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Foursquare, but the person controlling the Blackberry L Series smartphone does not launch any of the apps, probably because the apps haven't actually been developed for the new platform yet.
This is just the latest piece of good news surrounding Blackberry 10. Engadget reports, "The National Institute of Standards and Technology has granted the BlackBerry 10 platform FIPS 140-2 certification, which basically means data security and encryption are top notch throughout." In essence, that means that government agencies, corporations and other concern parties will be able to use the devices confidently without concern over whether any data is at risk.
BGR reports that Blackberry 10 will be launched on January 30, 2013. The Blackberry 10 release date had been pushed back on several occasions, but RIM finally chose a concrete day last month.
President and CEO of Research In Motion Thorsten Heins said, "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."