It seems there are very few surprise announcements in the mobile phone world any more. Often months before being officially revealed we often know just about everything about most new phones. That trend continues with the leak of the upcoming BlackBerry A10 which appears to be the new flagship BlackBerry device.
While features such as BBM and full QWERTY keyboards helped to sell a lot of devices over the years, in recent months BlackBerry have been changing their approach. Devices such as the Z10 look to compete head to head with some of the most popular phones on the market. The BlackBerry A10 is a continuation of that approach and while taking on the likes of Apple, Samsung, and HTC won’t be easy just taking a look at the specs of the A10 suggests this is a device which can compete for buyers attention.
The A10 is reported to feature a 5-inch screen at 1280×720 resolution which isn’t as high resolution as many top Android handsets but could help keep costs down and will still look very crisp. It’s rumoured BlackBerry may opt for an OLED screen which would be very welcome. A 1.7Ghz dual-core processor should provide plenty of speed and a quad-core GPU will give the A10 plenty of power to produce great 3D graphics.
2GB of RAM is being reported and that will be more than enough to complete with rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. An 8-megapixel rear camera with flash is accompanied by a 2-megapixel front facing camera which is great for Skype users. 16GB is internal storage is rumoured with the ability to expand by adding a memory card. A 2800mAh battery should provide pretty decent battery life and you’ll find all the expected connectivity such as Wi-Fi, 4G, and NFC.
It’s clear BlackBerry are giving it their all to try and produce a must-have phone that can compete with devices such as the iPhone and Galaxy S4 but can they shake off the association between BlackBerry and less advanced, outdated handsets?