A video purporting to be BlackBerry’s forthcoming entry into the “phones so big they are almost tablets” space has leaked on YouTube.
The brief clip, which originates from Vietnam, doesn’t tell you much, but it does give a sense of the distinguishing feature of the new BlackBerry A10: its size.
Distinguishing, that is, to the new BlackBerry line of OS10 devices, not really that different from other recent ginormous phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, with its 5.55-inch display, or Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra, which boasts a 6.4-inch screen.
As L.A. Times writer Salvador Rodriguez noted recently, these larger smartphones are now nearing the size of tablets, such as the seven inch displays on the The Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle. He did not mention Blackberry’s own seven inch tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, which appears to be shelved.
The rumoured specs of the A10 have its screen coming in at five inches, though it looks slightly bigger in the video.
The device is expected to be released this fall. Here’s the brief, leaked look at it.