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As BlackBerry 10 phones near, hopes send RIM stock rising

John Cox | Jan. 29, 2013
Speculation, rumors, and hopes about the upcoming BlackBerry 10 launch next week have sent Research in Motion's (RIMM - Nasdaq) stock price soaring.

This week, the German website Telekom Presse posted a comparison of what it claims is a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, running BlackBerry 10, with the iPhone 5. The purported BlackBerry has a slightly larger screen at 4.2 inches, a correspondingly wider and longer body and is somewhat thicker than the current iPhone. Speculation about other features includes: a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1280 x 768 resolution, LTE, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB storage, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, 1800mAh battery, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and a microSD port.

Telekom Presse posted a video of the comparison.

RIM is putting the final touches on preparations for the unveiling on Jan. 30. It recently announced a change of its online app store, from BlackBerry App World to BlackBerry World, and said users also will soon be able to download videos and music from the store.

Last week, RIM launched its latest "port-a-thon" to persuade software developers to shift their applications to the new OS. Developers are being offered $100 for each of up to 20 apps that RIM accepts for the online catalog. A port-a-thon earlier in January drew 15,000 submissions in about 36 hours.

Last year, Heins postponed the release of the new OS partly in response to developer and user feedback and partly because of his insistence that it be as solid as possible when released. But the firmware and UI, along with a fast new browser with extensive HTML5 support, a fluid virtual keyboard, and RIM's aggressive courting of and support for developers, garnered praise from developers at the May 2012 BlackBerry World conference.

 

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