Without giving any more details about its upcoming devices, Research in Motion has gone ahead and told developers what screen resolutions they can expect from smartphones running the upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system.
The company was aiming for just two: models with a touchscreen and no physical keyboard will have a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (16:9). Ones with a keyboard are going to have a screen res of 720 x 720 (1:1).
There is a wrinkle in this, however. The initial model running RIM’s new operating system will have a screen resolution of 1280 x 768. According to the post on the Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog, “This first BlackBerry 10 device has been in the works for quite some time now with lots of supply chain management and manufacturing tooling to bring it to launch. So it’s pretty much a sealed deal.” RIM recommends developers either letterbox their apps to 1280 x 720, or support multiple resolutions.
One of RIM’s goals for BlackBerry 10 is to make the process of creating third-party software as simple as possible. That’s why the company hoped to include support for just two resolutions. As it is, though, it’s stuck with three. Still, the operating system has tools that can automatically adjust the appearance of an app’s user interface in different screen resolutions as much as possible.
According to RIM’s current schedule, BlackBerry 10-powered smartphones are scheduled to be released early in 2013. Delays in developing this new operating system have pushed back this debut several times, so that it’s now coming out at least a year past it’s original goal.