Here's A Look At How The Next BlackBerry Phone Will Work

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We’re just a few short weeks away from the big launch of BlackBerry 10, the new mobile operating system that will run on at least one new touchscreen BlackBerry phone.Today at meeting away from the main Consumer Electronics Show floor, RIM gave us a look at the latest build of BB10 to show off all the newest features.

The version we saw isn’t the final one that you’ll get to use in a few weeks, but RIM tells us it’s very close. 

Our snap reaction after the quick 10-minute demo: It looks really good, just as smooth as iOS on iPhone and Google’s Android. And BB10 has the best notifications centre we’ve seen on a mobile device, letting you quickly “peek” at incoming emails, calendar notifications, tweets, etc. with a natural swiping gesture.

BB10 also has a cool time-shifting camera that lets you change the faces of individuals in case they blink during a shot.

Check out the gallery below to flip through a quick tour of some of the coolest features in BB10.

Here's the lock screen. You can swipe up from the bottom to unlock the phone or tap and hold the camera button to launch the camera app.

We decided to launch the camera app.

From an open app, just swipe up from the bottom to view your most recent apps. You can tap the app to open it. Now swipe over from the right...

...and you get your main menu of apps. This eliminates the need to use a home button like on the iPhone.

If you swipe over from left to right you can view the hub of notifications. It shows you recent tweets, emails, Facebook tags, etc.

You can access some basic settings from this drop-down menu.

Here's a look at the calendar app. It'll sync with Google and other standard calendar formats.

The web browser is insanely fast. RIM says the only browser that's faster is Chrome on the desktop.

Here's what the reader view looks like.

The BlackBerry World app store has a new look.

The time-shifting camera is really cool. It takes several burst shots of your subjects so you can replace their faces with the best look. Let's try it out!

Here's a pose...

...and another...

Now we can select the best face using this time wheel.

Once you find the best face, you can save it to your phone. Pretty neat!

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