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Up close with BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha (photos)

We get up close and personal with RIMs latest hardware creation, the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha test device.

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Up close with BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha sports a high-end Playbook-like design, 4.2-inch touch screen, and no physical keyboard to speak of.
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Up close with BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

On back of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha test device is a camera lens, iconic BlackBerry logo chiseled in silver, and a rubbery black coating.
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Up close with BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

The bottom of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha is a rather menacing-looking speaker and bolt-style screws.
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Up close with BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

The left side of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha holds its micro USB port, HDMI connection, plus what looks to be a micro SD card expansion slot.
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On the right edge of the Dev Alpha is a PlayBook style volume bar.
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On top of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha are a good-sized volume button, 3.5mm headphone jack, and what could be a recessed reset button.
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One of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha's mobile tricks is an NFC chip for transferring info between devices through close proximity bumping.
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Sadly the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha we saw at BlackBerry World 2012 ran the PlayBook OS and not BB 10.
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We couldn't resist checking the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha for a software update, BB10 perhaps?

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