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A leaked image appears to provide full specs for the BlackBerry A10 (BBRY -1.8%): the image...

A leaked image appears to provide full specs for the BlackBerry A10 (BBRY -1.8%): the image indicates the A10 will sport Qualcomm's (QCOM) dual-core MSM8960 processor (same as the Z10), a 5" 720p display (many high-end Android phones now have 1080p displays), 16GB of storage, and an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. BGR provided a few details about the A10 last week, while adding it's the only completely new BB10 phone set to launch in the remainder of 2013.
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  • petergrt
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    If there is such a thing as 'anti-BlackBerry' website, than its BGR . . . .

     

    Anyway, I hope that they are wrong - this would hardly be an upgrade from Z10 - why bother . . .
    16 Jul 2013, 02:55 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    And this is what $BBRY brings to the fight for the 3rd ecosystem spot, against Nokia's 41MP sensor Lumia 1020, and whole line of Lumias for all price points...

     

    Happily very long $NOK
    16 Jul 2013, 02:57 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    What is the data usage like when sending 41 MP images?
    16 Jul 2013, 04:24 PM Reply Like
  • wsurfer
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    You don't send 41MP images - the camera also produces a 5MP version of the picture - and this can be a zoom-in of the original 41MP picture.
    16 Jul 2013, 05:03 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    Right, so the 41 MP is a marketing feature for the average clueless consumer. I'm sure it creates nice images, but few will dump a Nikon or Canon DSLR to get a Nokia.
    16 Jul 2013, 05:17 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    @MrH I am pretty sure you already know all this, and are just trolling, but I am going to give you the benefit of a doubt:

     

    The 41MP sensor is used in a variety of ingenious ways to produce very high quality, practically noiseless 5MP photos for regular consumption.

     

    Lumia 1020, general product introduction:
    http://bit.ly/1bA7eRb

     

    White paper, discussing all the PureView etc tech in L1020 in detail, including oversampling and loss-less zoom:
    http://bit.ly/15jYUzL

     

    And, some sample photos here:
    http://pureviewclub.com

     

    So, 41MP is anything but a gimmick to trick regular consumers.

     

    Oh, and BTW The Register had this to say:
    http://bit.ly/15HItQg

     

    Enjoy.
    16 Jul 2013, 08:21 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    I've seen all that before. I have a cousin who works for Zeiss and a close friend who works for Nokia. Seriously, I wish Nokia the best of success in selling this, but re-creating the megapixel race in smartphones is not where I think the market needs to go in order to sell devices.

     

    The average consumer does not read the spec sheet, and quite often doesn't always know the significance of the numbers. Now with small screen devices, whether the HD capability is 1080P or 720P makes little difference. If the average end user thinks they can see a difference, and that difference is important, then they may jump at it. However, if the scaling on websites is too small, forcing constant pinch-to-zoom to read, then the extra pixels may be lost. In a similar way, more megapixels in a camera just will not be seen, because the end user is mostly viewing them on an HD smartphone, or transferring them to a large television, and sometimes sharing in social media.

     

    Regardless of the technology and marketing effort, if investors think spec chasing will win the hearts and minds of smartphone users, then they are being blinded by the technology. Just take a look at how people are using smartphones. Talk to some average non-geek, non-tech, smartphone end users about how they use their smartphones.

     

    Concerning cameras, just for example, a Nikon D800 and Nikon D3S have 36 MP and 12 MP, which seems like a huge difference. In practice the results are dependent upon a great many factors. Hold the D800 wrong or unsteady, and you will get big files that are not crisp. Use either on a tripod with a great lens, and the results will impress. Take a look at the LCD screen on the back of either camera, and the results would appear to be nearly identical. Upload to Facebook, or play image back on your television, and figuring out which image came from which camera will be guesswork. Print really huge and the D800 will give better results. So how many end users are going to make large prints from a 41 MP Nokia? I just do not feel that the new Nokia will be a runaway best seller by having more megapixels. Feel free to disagree with me.
    16 Jul 2013, 09:01 PM Reply Like
  • HCube
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    I'm sure you know this, but it's not just about the megapixels...there's low light photography, OIS, etc. Everyone that has seen me take pictures in the dark with the high end Lumias are simply wowed, and they then ask about the phones. That practically markets itself.
    16 Jul 2013, 11:38 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    I'm not saying they are not nice smartphones. I still stick by the feeling that Windows Phone will fail to gain traction. Honestly, I like Windows Phone and Windows 8, but the interface idea, as elegant as it functions, will take some getting use to by the public.

     

    Ask the average consumer if they know what OIS stands for, or how it works. Obviously smartphones are eating alive the compact camera market. I even mentioned in one of my previous articles that Samsung is moving away from the compact camera market. Technology and specifications sell to engineers, enthusiasts, and tech geeks, which are a niche minority in the overall smartphone market. The colour of the cases is probably more of a selling feature to most Nokia buyers.

     

    If I believed that the latest Lumia would suddenly vault Nokia shares into the stratosphere, then I would be holding shares in the company. While I believe shares of NOK to be oversold, much like BBRY, it is not clear that either company will make sizable gains over the course of this quarter. I think the Lumia launch early last year was a failure, and the public is wary of Windows Phone, especially after the 7, 7.5 and 8 changes.
    17 Jul 2013, 01:50 AM Reply Like
  • voytekp
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    Well said @ Herr Hansa! Thank you for great explanation. I've conveyed this as well to some on SA $BBRY and I have been called an idiot. What are you going to do, when people are clueless?! You can only try, oh well next. Long $BBRY
    19 Jul 2013, 01:21 PM Reply Like
  • john001
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    perhaps BB management thought starting from the beginning of the alphabet would help sales. Nice share price drop today to a hopeful $7 or so buy target.
    16 Jul 2013, 02:59 PM Reply Like
  • alext1379
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    I don't like the idea of a gaming BB but that screen spec is rather unimpressive.

     

    Not liking the A10 so far if it is indeed a fartapp phone. Can't think of what gaming platform it would have that iOS/iOStoo don't already have.
    16 Jul 2013, 03:04 PM Reply Like
  • pvshah6542
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    With these specs A10 is a 110% dead on arrival device!! God help BB and their thought process!
    16 Jul 2013, 03:04 PM Reply Like
  • customize
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    Blackberry haven't shown us any images of the A10 look, BGR needs to shoe a image to back up the talk.
    16 Jul 2013, 03:07 PM Reply Like
  • Tony (long)
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    Disappointing Specs... Hope false for BB's sake!
    16 Jul 2013, 03:08 PM Reply Like
  • Ben Learner
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    More BlackBerry bashing. Only not too subtle. What a load...
    16 Jul 2013, 03:13 PM Reply Like
  • rra022001
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    That's funny...
    I told BB 7 OS internal devel(as a beta tester) OVER TWO YEARS AGO to include a mid to high end camera core into future Curve devices in order to retain and possibly gain the non business core users. Sometimes I think those surveys were being auto deleted with no critical review...No efn feedback..
    Now, here we are fighting against Nokia...
    Nokia..Nokia!?
    Are u f@#$ing kidding me!?

     

    I am glad not to be employee of that company formerly known as RIM.
    16 Jul 2013, 03:17 PM Reply Like
  • Slickyboy
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    N4BB has most of the images and specs already posted for the A10. Could change of course, but hard to say until it is officially released. Apparently the QNX OS is not working well with the newer quad-core processors.
    16 Jul 2013, 03:20 PM Reply Like
  • Frank Siedler
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    Who needs a quad core processor, if the OS is running that smooth like BlackBerry 10! It's only something for the paper on which it is written.
    16 Jul 2013, 03:51 PM Reply Like
  • ATInsider
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    Where is your proof that QNX is not working with the Quad-Core? If you know anything about operating systems, then your assumption becomes irrelevant.
    QNX is the only true multi-threading Mobile OS. It can do 2/4/6/8/10+ Cores with ease.
    16 Jul 2013, 11:30 PM Reply Like
  • xtremetrader
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    It's going back to $6, eventually.
    16 Jul 2013, 03:46 PM Reply Like
  • Madvillain
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    Why even release this phone...? That is a joke if those are the real specs, and I want BBRY to succeed. Galaxy note 2 has better specs and will have been released a full year earlier. A serious joke, i hope.
    16 Jul 2013, 04:19 PM Reply Like
  • 1580angel
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    You know whats more disappointing....Nok 1020 specs, aside from the gimmicky camera.
    16 Jul 2013, 04:19 PM Reply Like
  • Mondego
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    No innovative design (looks like any other smartphone) and no competitive hardware. Still holding stock but have been rolling over puts, and ITM covered calls on half position. What is Blackberry doing in hardware again?
    16 Jul 2013, 04:20 PM Reply Like
  • 7736151
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    Very mediocre, dual core in this day and age they are having a laugh! I guess battery issues is keeping them away from quad core, this A10 is joke. Come on bbry you can do better than this
    16 Jul 2013, 04:29 PM Reply Like
  • ATInsider
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    And thought, BlackBerry may have leaked this for Feedback purposes. If they are monitoring the net, they would be wise to listen to consumers and possible future customers.

     

    Anyhow, a faster Dual-Core has more performance and runs more efficient than a Quad-Core. It will also suck back less power.
    But perception is what will sell this device, regardless of OS, despite the fact BB10 is the best OS out right now.

     

    What I do like is the Quad-Core Graphics, the work horse for a mobile OS interface.
    Can this be the true specs? I personally do not think so, because an original spec leak with the word RIM printed on it revealed a Quad-Core CPU @ 1.5GHz. Everything else was the same.

     

    Camera should be absolutely minimum 13MP. This BB needs to change.
    16 Jul 2013, 09:20 PM Reply Like
  • petergrt
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    You put your finger right on it - the 4-core graphics processor!

     

    This may indicate a dock-station connectivity that would run much higher resolution and perhaps even a couple of monitors, to convert the phone into a real computer . . . . . wishful thinking?

     

    This however will not help with marketing to an average Joe, who is looking for multi-core processor(s) and a gazillion pixel camera.
    18 Jul 2013, 11:48 AM Reply Like
  • Cliff Hilton
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    @ATInsider

     

    It is possible that they are playing possum? Could they not develop what a handful of folks think is important and reveal it at a later date? It seems everyone wants to know what is coming for Christmas. In my day, I wanted to be surprised. Let's hope we get a surprise.

     

    And I have to ask, do we need still more and more and more? Besides Samsung, few are raising the bar much these days. Apple included. Maybe we've had enough of more.

     

    My wife was issued a GalaxyS 4 for work. I set it up for her as she hated messing with it. She continues to use her BB. I did not find it exceptional in any way. It was slower getting on the net. Pictures we took side by side where not any different. I don't really care about pictures, I want an assistant. My Z does that for me. She's not happy. I bet after this project is over, they get the phone back; useless for work. She can't use the net or download apps. Everything has to come through "The Goods". I guess that's their app store for work. There's my two cents.
    16 Jul 2013, 11:06 PM Reply Like
  • Crazy Mazy
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    why are we debating on specs that might not be for real? First of all where is the picture of the supposed A10? I think it's just an article written by BGR help drive the stock price lower!
    16 Jul 2013, 11:42 PM Reply Like
  • rudedogg585
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    Ladies and gentleman, the only thing I didn't like about my Z10 is that it is a tad too small. Now my wish has come true and the A10 is here. it's the perfect size phone for my needs. Iphones galaxy's they are for fad junkies. Get a person hooked on a good touch screen BlackBerry, and you have a customer for life. And the fad will follow, and so will my stock price.
    17 Jul 2013, 02:28 PM Reply Like
  • Crazy Mazy
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    don't comment on the rumored pic and specs of the A10, do you really think that Blackberry would put out a device that is supposed to be their flagship device if it's not even better than a Z10, do you really think so?
    18 Jul 2013, 11:42 PM Reply Like
  • Crazy Mazy
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    Blackberry said 6 new phones for this year so that means there will be 3 more phones released by the end of the year, not 1 get your facts straight BGR SMH!
    19 Jul 2013, 12:13 AM Reply Like
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