The screen resolution on the first BlackBerry 10 device will be 1280 x 768

Ian Hardy

August 15, 2012 8:07 pm


When RIM originally handed out the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha devices to developers they also announced its specs: a full touchscreen device with a 4.2-inch display and a resolution of 1280×768. Since this date in May there has been over 5,000 dev devices seeded to developers and they are busy making apps for the upcoming OS.

RIM is about to go on a 5-week roadshow to carriers and demo their upcoming handsets. On several occasions RIM communicated that the first BB10 handset will be an all touchscreen device, apparently similar to the Dev Alpha, followed by a physical QWERTY/touchscreen smartphone that resembles the Bold 9900, which has the code name of “Nevada.” Previous leaked documents suggested that the screen resolution for the touchscreen L-Series device would be 1280×720 with a 356 PPI (Pixels Per Inch), and the screen resolution on the N-Series (Nevada) would come in at 720×720 with a 330 PPI.

Today on RIM’s company blog Tim Neil confirmed the rumours of the screen resolution stated that “We’ve listened, we’ve learned, and we are now telling you that moving forward new smartphones will be standardizing on the following screen resolutions which will allow you to design your applications to fit two main form factors: Full touch devices: 1280 x 720 (16:9), Keyboard devices: 720 x720 (1:1).”

Neil stated that the reason for the higher res on the full touchscreen device is because the “first BlackBerry 10 device has been in the works for quite some time now with lots of supply chain management and manufacturing tooling to bring it to launch. So it’s pretty much a sealed deal.”

The first couple BlackBerry 10 devices should be in market early Q1 2013, but Thorsten Heins revealed yesterday that we can expect a total of six BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

Source: BlackBerry
Via: N4BB

  • RIM?

    RIM?

  • bb10

    Oh look, it’s BB10…snore

    • Simpson

      RIP RIM

      RIP! RIP!

  • Sean

    Even though I’ve never used a BB, I am excited to see what BB10 will bring to the table.

    In before the onslaught of 14-year-old virgins, who somehow dare to think that they are funny with their “rip rim” comments, etc. You, guys, need women!

  • jess

    Oh look, its BB10…hurry up and get here so i can caress you softly and like my samsung on fire.

    • jess

      like = light ;)

  • Joe

    Too bad Windows Phone 8 supports this and Android will soon support 1920 x 1080 displays soon as well.

  • Hooligan

    looks awesome,too bad it’s taking so long to come to market.

  • Gene

    Dear RIM: Just make the camera very very good. Keep it at 8MP but increase the sensor size and blow us away. Maybe even get Sigma or Zeiss to brand the glass. With apps like Instagram and Facebook that seems to be what the iSheep care about. This, with an amazing processor and screen will bring you back.

    • Keith

      From somone who doesn’t understand PureView technology.

  • Kid.Canada

    iPhone 4S screen resolution: 960 x 640 with 326 ppi
    BB10: 1280 x 768 at 330ppi

    Suck on that Apple!

    • js

      yeah must be so hard to post instagram photos and facebook updates with 960 x 640 @ 326 ppi…

    • ni99iedoo

      HAHAHHA!

      you are comparing a device that is 2 weeks from being discontinued to a device that that is not even going to be on sale this year…

      give up Ni99erberry

  • BB10-OPTIMIST

    those are good ppi numbers, the last set of bbs such as the 9900 had a healthy ppi of 285 which looked clear but the other aspects of the screen(color/viewing angles/contrast/brightness) sucked. rim was using poor quality panels. Hopefully with BB10 they will source some high quality panels as resolution is not everything

    • Studystand

      Here’s to hoping we see some AMOLED panels for the upcoming BB10 devices

  • ruddias

    Although the 1:1 ratio might be a little off putting, that’s got to be the highest PPI on a portrait qwerty! Good on you, RIM.

  • ELNY

    For the love of God RIM, just be successful and put out a damn good phone for once! The entire industry and its innovation/competition depends on it!

  • Miguel

    I like how they’re focusing on just TWO major screen resolutions/aspect ratios. Not only will these look beautiful, but developers will have an easier time making applications for only two screen sizes, kind of like how Apple has it with the iPhone and the iPad. Hopefully it’ll bode well for the application ecosystem in BB10.

    And RIM…PLEASE wow us with the battery life! Take us back to the good old days where phones last more than eight hours. If they nail this I’m sold.

    • Bobblehead

      Good post. Make it easy as possible for developers and provide monetary incentive to overcome lack of users to develop apps. Android fragmentation is tough on developers, but at least they can deliver users. Apple, although this forum will never admit, gives both to developers.

  • David

    now they need more apps

  • Blaise Petric

    I wonder if the clock time was intensional – 13:37 PM. That doesn’t even make sense (no need for am/pm in 24h clock)

    • Mayank Upadhyay

      LEET????

    • c

      its a nerd joke

  • Dillon Chan

    If rim manages to make these phones the best social networking phones out there, they’ll be back in the game. Although its decent at the moment (mostly because of BBM), BB OS is still garbage. If they manage to pull their s**t together with a fluid and intuitive operating system they’ll be good.

    I don’t really know why people want to see RIM’s death; more competition, more competitive prices, more devices, and more innovation. In the end, it’s the consumers who win.

    If it ever drops to an affordable outright price I wouldn’t mind getting one myself. But I’ll stick with Android until then.

  • BB10_SUPPORTER

    1) BATTERY LIFE
    2) CAMERA (increase quality, auto-focus, add a front camera for facetime, etc)
    3) BROWSER SPEED
    4) FACEBOOK FUNCTIONS
    5) INSTAGRAM
    6) VIDEO CHAT

    Current owner of Bold 9900.

  • BB10_SUPPORTER

    RIM IS THE FUTURE WORK-AND-TOY-IN-ONE PHONE.
    Go to work with a work phone and go home with a toy phone.
    I’m counting on you BB10!!

  • shinru

    1) RIM has come out and said it will tout a removable battery (so 2 batts for the enthusists, since LTE will murder)
    2) Camera on PB has been pretty good, but I wouldn’t expect something to really blow me out of the water… RIM hasn’t been the best with cameras
    3) Browser Speeds I’m not too worried about
    4) That’s up to fb, but I’m really hoping I can upload pictures to albums now… it’s irritating that I can’t.
    5) I think they’ve annouced that BBM will support video chat
    (I think they’ve mentioned skype, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on that until they’re ready to do a full announce)

    I really hope that the Colt(Is it still codenamed colt?) will still still tout that magical auto sleep holster that bb’s have.

    • A. Carmine

      Seriously, the eff with carrying two batteries! I have never understood or ever agreed with this mindset. How about they just make batteries bigger? Te Droid Razr Maxx and it’s stock 3,000+ mAh battery has shown us it can be done. This race to the thinnest device has absolutely ruined battery life in smartphones in less than a decade.

  • Mister_Weatherby

    BBX!!!!! Yeah, I can’t wait!!!!!
    (

  • Richard Harden

    Worrying about the screen resolution on the BB platform is a little bit like worrying about the thread count of the bed linens on the Titanic.

    Sure, it’s a nice touch and makes the experience a little nicer. But there is still a massive iceberg dead ahead.

  • BB10_SUPPORTER

    Oh I also like my Playbook, but I wish the web browser could be 10x faster. :/

  • BB

    Can’t wait to see this. I hope they are still focusing on business tools for this phone as I’m not big on social media. I don’t know about instagram, but if thats what it takes to bring Blackberry back then i’m all for it. At the end of the day the bells and whistles are only exciting for the first few minutes anyways.

    • Raid

      From my understanding, the BB will provide two environments: Personal and Business which will allow you to work your phone in 2 different modes, keeping work and personal separated. Can’t recall where I read that, but they do indeed have both markets in mind.

  • Taylor Weatherill

    lololol RIM is done I dont even see the point trying to introduce a revamped blackberry into the market. Androiod and iOS have dominiated the smartphone market leaving RIM with little to keep up with.

    • Raid

      Yep. That’s exactly how it works. They should just drop out…much like how Apple should have dropped out in 2006 when Nokia and Motorola had the cellphone market cornered.

  • Samuel

    I have to admit that screen looks nice. I will have to wait to see how does the whole OS works and what it can actually do great other than BBM to make a real and final opinion.

  • phuzzykiller

    As much of a fan of android as I am, I’m very tempted to switch to BB10 from what I’ve seen so far. It’d be awfully nice to be able to support RIM since I live in KW. That being said, if they totally drop the ball with these phones and keep operating like they have in the past decade, I’ll never touch a BB again and won’t look back.
    RIM, let’s see what you can do now that Lazaridis and Balsillie are no longer dragging the company down and hindering forward thinking…

  • Blas

    I hope that the new BB10 devices live up to expectation.

    I don’t get why so many here are hoping for their demise.
    There’s plenty of hard working canadians, and their families dependent on RIM. If they close their doors, it really only hurts out country as a whole.

    • Raid

      Because unfortunately it’s the fad. Other tech companies have lost an even greater marketshare and have been reporting greater losses than RIM but RIM seems to be the scapegoat that everyone likes to bash. Makes absolutely no sense.

  • Dave

    The first couple BlackBerry 10 devices should be in market early Q1 2023.
    Way to go Retard in Motion!

  • BB10_SUPPORTER

    I’m 25. I work in Finance. I love the keyboard on my 9900. I can type perfectly without looking at my fingers. I love having a Blackberry for work. But at the same time, I’m 25, and I have a social life. I want a good phone camera to take pics when I’m going out. I need the social networking. I hope RIM can combine business-use and personal-use into one phone.

  • mike

    They should have done this 2yrs ago. A touch screen smart phone.