Research in Motion (RIM) has revealed the details of its upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system – and the standardisation of screen resolution for devices based on the platform.
RIM explained that while the prototype BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha handsets feature a 1280×768 resolution, this won’t be the standard resolution going forward, as the company is looking to standardise on a pair of resolutions to make developers’ lives easier.
The 1280×768 resolution of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha handset will be the same resolution as the first consumer-oriented devices on the market. Following that, however, all future BlackBerry devices will switch to one of a pair of new standard resolutions.
The first resolution is only slightly different to that of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha handset at 1280×720, a 720p true 16:9 resolution well suited to consumption of video content. This will be joined by a square-format 1:1 aspect ratio 720×720 display.
Answering the doubt of why two different resolutions, RIM’s Tim Neil explains, “Thorsten Heins has also gone on record letting everyone know that full touch isn’t going to be the only BlackBerry device that we produce. We are also continuing with our iconic keyboard for users like me who love typing on a physical keyboard. This new physical keyboard device will have a screen resolution of 720 x 720.”
Meanwhile, RIM has also unveiled the new Contacts application inside BlackBerry 10. The app will pull contact information from a variety of sources including social networks like Twitter and Facebook, as well as personal blog websites. The new application is designed to make it even easier to for users to keep abreast of all the latest updates of their friends, co-workers, family and acquaintances.