The BlackBerry A10, codenamed "Aristo," is the center of a new leak, as images and new details about the device have surfaced.
BlackBerry's comeback hasn't gone exactly the way the company had hoped. The smartphone maker launched two flagship BlackBerry 10 (BB10) smartphones in the last few months - the all-touch BlackBerry Z10 and the QWERTY-equipped Q10. Both analysts and the company were claiming that sales of the BB10 handsets were strong, but the BlackBerry's recent earnings report proved otherwise.
The company revealed that it sold 6.8 million devices, but when pressed on how many of those smartphones were BlackBerry 10 devices it refused to disclose the number. BlackBerry later revealed that only 40 percent of those devices were BB10 smartphones, which confirmed the company sold more of its previous generation devices than its latest Z10 and Q10 handsets. The news was shocking and sent BlackBerry's stock into a downward spiral.
BlackBerry, however, is not going to let its dismal earnings interfere with what it has planned for the future and it is readying a new flagship BB10 smartphone, codenamed 'Aristo'. The device will officially be called the A10 and the first images of the device have leaked along with some new details.
BGR posted an image of the upcoming A10, giving a first (blurry) glimpse of the company's next flagship smartphone. The site claims the smartphone will launch in the fall and will be BlackBerry's largest handset. The device looks very similar to the BlackBerry Z10, but features a more rounded design and reportedly includes a larger 5-inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display. BGR further claims that the smartphone will be powered by a dual-core processor and will include a separate graphics processor. The images also show the smartphone is running an unreleased version of BlackBerry 10, with software release listed as version 10.2.0.552.
If this report proves to be accurate, we'll see in the fall if releasing what is essentially the Z10 with a larger display can help turn things around for the company or further add to its troubled attempt at a comeback.