BlackBerry 10: Up close and personal

RIM has unveiled the first smartphone running its next-generation BlackBerry 10 software. Here's a look at the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

RIM's BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

This week, Research In Motion (RIM) is holding its annual BlackBerry World Conference in Orlando. As part of a related event for mobile developers, the company distributed an alpha version of the first smartphone that runs the forthcoming BlackBerry 10 mobile OS. Although the "BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha developer testing device" will never be released to the public -- it's meant for developers to test applications before the official BlackBerry 10 release -- the smartphone is noteworthy because it's the first BlackBerry 10 device. Here's a closer look.

Get the details on the BlackBerry 10 OS itself from InfoWorld.com.

For additional information on the device's technical specifications, check out Al Sacco's blog. And check out a list of BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device technical specifications and other details.

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha getting started guide

The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device comes with a getting started guide that highlights the most notable hardware features.

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BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha rear view

The back side of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha smartphone also looks like the rear of a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, except that its camera and flash are located on a corner of the device's rear panel.

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BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha side view

One side of RIM's BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha smartphone features a slot for a MicroSIM, a MiniUSB port, and a MiniHDMI-out port.

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BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha side view

The other side of RIM's BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha smartphone features volume up, volume down, and mute keys, not unlike the volume controls found on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

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The top of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

On top of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha is a sleep/wake key and a standard 3.5mm headset jack.

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The bottom of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

The base of RIM's BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device is taken up almost entirely by a large speaker, which is used for listening to audio without headphones and for placing speakerphone calls.

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BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha startup animation

It's no surprise that RIM's BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha's startup animation is very similar to the BlackBerry PlayBook's startup imagery.

Note: The barcode-like symbol on this developer device is for RIM security and tracking purposes. The devices the developers received feature a BlackBerry logo instead of the symbol.

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