BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C is coming with a physical keyboard, developers register for yours today!

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C
By Bla1ze on 28 Nov 2012 11:31 pm EST

We've seen the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha B and soon -- we'll see the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C. In order to get one though, you must of course be a developer and fall in line with the rest of the criteria as well.

The top 1,500 people to submit two or more applications will be given priority seeding for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C. These 1,500 developers will be determined on the following point system:

  • 50 points for ported Android applications
  • 250 points for all other applications (Native, BlackBerry® WebWorks™, Adobe AIR)
  • 1,500 points for Built For BlackBerry certified application
  • 200 points to start for BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha A/B recipients
  • 200 points to start if you are a BlackBerry Elite Member

If you're a BlackBerry developer, you'll not want to miss out on this. You can jump to the link below to learn more about eligibility and get yourself registered.

BlackBerry Dev Alpha C Registration

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BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C is coming with a physical keyboard, developers register for yours today!


I am ready for the touch screen one I think...never thought I would say this because I love my keyboard on my 9810...but the typing on the BB10-L just looks great and I want it!!

* BlackBerry by choice *
Damn I can't become a Dev, learn to write apps, and have enough of them or good enough to pick up this little gem. :(

Suppose I'll just have to steal one from somebody, smuggle it into prison, (don't ask me how I'm smuggling it), then get locked in solitary confinement to get my 1 on 1 time with the Alpha C.

Holly molly, talking about an investment :O
Good for them, once leaks start with N I will be rally torn apart on my decision on what to get first

ive sold 2 ipods and some sony phone to some website to get some cash to buy this phone when it comes out. love my 9930 and super stoked for the N-series

If you are asking whether it's official that BB10 will be released to the playbook...then, yes, it is official. RIM announced it a while back that all Playbooks will be updated to BB10 some time next year.

~I am BlackBerry by choice~

I think we can safely omit the word sooner from your comment as it is clearly going to be low priority for them.

Noticed on the page that the phones will be given out until February 5 2013.....try not to read into it too much!

I noticed that too. It says it starts December 1st, which hopefully means that we will see it on December 1st :) . But then it says until February 5th. Could BB10 phones possibly be released only 6 days after launch??? I hope so!

GODDAMN!! I think I just jizzed my shorts and dripped down my leg!! I was wondering what was taking RIM so long to release a full qwerty unit.

This will force Yahoo CEO to shut her trap!!

I saw a leaked pic of the qwerty bb10 in and I must say I am very disappointed because I was expecting something more like the TK VICTORY design. Yeah it looks like the 9900 but I feel I've outgrown this phone, the screen feels too small for my taste specially when surfing the Web. I want something with a bigger screen. If that's what they actually come out with I'm buying the all touch screen version.

If that "leak" is indicative only of the size of the screen in relation to the keyboard and total device in the size of an American neandrathal's hands ... then I can surf ALL-DAY-LONG on that! The focus of such a device is more for productivity: Data Entry (KING) and Data Consumption .... while I feel the touch is mostly for data consumption.

lmao you might as well have just copy-pasted your comment from bbempire ;) ...but i agree. The 9900 is super nice, but we dont need the same device with bb10 on it. I really don't like the look of it if that's the final device... And i don't care if it's a qwerty and some people don't like touch screens or that it has bb10, or that it's not final...None of that is gonna make me like it. L-series is where it's at.

Is it possible that the leaked photo is the Alpha C? I too hope it is not the final hardware, if it is too similar to the 9900 than I feel people outside of the bb world will not want to buy it. Unfortunately looks are everything. Style over function is what will entice new converts and than the function will keep them with bb for a lifetime. We need eye candy to attract the masses and once they know how awesome bb10 is they will stay and spread the word.


i think that if for most people are fine the leaked touch device photos, even if looks very similar to other phones in the market, why don't be ok with the leaked phtos of the kb version, even if looks similar to 9900, which by the way it's the best kb in the market? it is ok to hope for a design that blows everyone mind, but you have to be realistic here, some designs are not really meant to exist at the moment, they are concept (not all of them but some) and you have to balance innovation with the actually capability to make the product... the reports say that RIM is putting a lot of effort for software innovation, seems to be hard to be as high in innovation at the hardware side as well... hopefully they will but if your expectations are too high, you will be disappointed with almost any design

Does that mean the QWERTY and full touch leaks that we think are final hardware, could be Dev Alphas and we could see something MIND BLOWING in Q1?
The BlackBerry ''L-Series'' that has been leaked recently looks exactly like the picture that was leaked February 1st, 2012. I HIGHLY doubt and hope that RIM would not release a year-old design in Q1 2013 that looks like a lot of other smartphones in 2012 and a QWERTY that looks like the Bold 9900, which is was introduced in 2011, just without a trackpad.
Weren't we calling BlackBerry 10 devices, "SuperPhones"?
I don't think they would risk their company like that. They also would not be leaking a full touch phone more than a QWERTY because, that causes less suprise for the device. Both phones, I hope, are kept equally hidden. And have never been leaked.
IF those are really the final pieces of hardware, I hope RIM really worked hard on the software, and made it flawless. Because I don't want them to end up like WebOS.

I think that you are going to be very disappointed if you keep trying to convince yourself that these nicely designed phones are not going to be the ones that they release.

As far as designs being older than a certain amount of time, if it is a good design with quality specs and great software then who cares when it was first seen.

Devs need to submit at least two apps during the program period to compete for this device. I wonder if they can exchange for a real thing when the Dev Alpha C bricks itself. It is no fun if there is going to be no keeper.

This is a positive indication that a physical keyboard smartphone is planned for BlackBerry OS 10. Yay! A question arises about the form-factor of the smartphone - Dev Alpha hardware aside - which will ultimately to available to end-users. Personally, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 form-factor with smallish touch-screen would be practically unusable beyond peek-and-flow (sounds like an incontinence issue - see your medical doctor). A slider with the keyboard at the side would be much better due to landscape mode with using the physical keyboard while still allowing one-thumb navigation in portrait mode and the virtual keyboard. A touch-screen requiring pencil-lead-thin fingers might fly in some parts of Africa and Asia where malnutrition is rampant.

But seriously i noticed a few people being shocked and disappointed on the N series leaked look. Remember the rended image of the L and N series side by side? It looks exactly like it.

BB 10...Boldly taking over!

If developers aren't getting BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C units until Dec 1st - Feb 5th, does that also mean carriers have not received the BlackBerry N for testing; which in turn would mean, it would launch much later then BlackBerry L... Please correct me, if I'm wrong.

It seems that Dec 1 - Feb 5 is the time-frame for submitting apps (to collect points) to qualify for one of the 1500 devices. So if RIM is going to wait till devs have a chance to play with them and tailor apps for them, it will probably be March when we get to see these things in the hands of consumers.

While the full touch and the querty will be advertised at the same time, the querty will be released some time after the release of the full touch.

While I'll be waiting for the full touch screen device, I'm interested in seeing what the querty hand set will look like.

That's a Dev Alpha A with a 99XX keyboard laying on top. A) it's too low and B) you can see the inaccurate placement that it is unaligned to the right!