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What is BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha?

We got to put our hands on the Alpha dev device in the Press Lounge after the Keynote address. The Alpha is a mini PlayBook. Same OMAP 4430 TI processor, same form factor, miniaturized, of course, same matte finish on the exterior. The OS functions like the PlayBook, and I have to say, I really like it on this form factor. The device only has the browser and camera apps installed, and settings are locked down tight. It exists as a bare-bones framework for developers to drape their apps on without having to resort to iffy software simulators.

From Inside Blackberry:

“We are thrilled to provide every developer who attends BlackBerry® 10 Jam a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device. This is a prototype device created for the purpose of testing BlackBerry 10 applications during development. Did I mention it’s a prototype? The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha is not a BlackBerry 10 smartphone for end users nor does it run the final BlackBerry 10 software – it’s been created just for our developer partners to help them prepare for the launch of BlackBerry 10.

The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha has a 4.2″ screen with a resolution of 1280×768. It has Micro USB for debugging and charging. It has a Micro HDMI port for displaying video on a television or monitor with a HDMI port. It has Bluetooth and WiFi radios and is cellular ready (micro SIM).

It’s important to get this prototype into the hands of our partners now so that you can help us deliver the type of high-quality content that will make BlackBerry 10 so special. With the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, you can test your apps on real hardware to work out interface, ergonomic and usability issues. This device is also a show of our commitment to helping developers build engaging apps for BlackBerry 10. Developers have told us they wanted hardware to test on before the platform launches and we are delivering.”

(via Inside BlackBerry)

It was tough to get nice clear shots with all of us crowding in around it, but here’s a few close-ups:

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  1. Nice device. I can see cops in movies and TV series using them 😉

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