Update: False alarm folks. Bla1ze pointed out that the app is actually available for legacy devices as well so this could just be for the Torch model. I was hoping for this one to pan out!
You have to love when leaks are really hidden in the code. For ages I have been waiting for BlackBerry to announce a BlackBerry Torch style slider for BlackBerry 10. In this latest leak we are seeing signs of a 1440×1440 phone with a virtual keyboard and a 1280×720 lower end Z device along with a full HD device. What we have not seen but has been often requested and even rumored was a slider device like the Torch series.
Now my buddy Bla1ze over @CrackBerry noticed that the official BlackBerry Virtual Expert app for testing thinks that a Slider device exists. We have heard rumors of people seeing such a device and it may just be for internal testing but this is from the description of the BlackBerry Virtual Expert App:
Here is a sampling of the current tests, customized to your BlackBerry model: – Touch Screen – LCD – USB port – Main Keypad – Keyboard – Side keys – Slider (for those with a slider) – Camera – Speaker – Loudspeaker – Headset – Microphone – Vibrator – Bluetooth – Status LED
That means somebody bothered to setup tests for a slider BlackBerry 10 device and code it into a testing app. It would be very odd for them to do this just to punk us so its quite possible that a prototype exists. On the other hand Thorsten Heins mentioned that we may see only 4 BlackBerry 10 devices that are already launched instead of a planned 6 in the past.
Either way this should stir the rumor mill!
PS: That image above is just a render of what it could possibly look like