CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Research in Motion (RIM) announced its Blackberry Dev Alpha C handset today, a Blackberry 10 developer device with a physical QWERTY keypad.
The firm unveiled the device at a Blackberry Jam event in Bangkok on Thursday, ahead of the release of its next generation mobile operating system on 30 January.
"Today we announced the next phase of the Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha program - the Blackberry Dev Alpha C," RIM said in a blog post.
"It is a testing device for developers so that you can adjust, debug, and test your Blackberry 10 applications to get ready for the launch of the Blackberry 10 QWERTY device next year."
Of course, much like RIM's fully touchscreen Blackberry Dev device, the new QWERTY handset won't be representative of the actual keyboard equipped handset that the company is expected to launch at the end of January.
As well as its latest developer device, RIM also announced a Blackberry 10 SDK update, which delivers support for the Blackberry 10 developer environment on Mac OS X, an updated Visual Studio plug-in and enhancements to Blackberry Webworks for HTML5 apps.
"Developers from around the world are joining us on the last leg of the journey to the launch of Blackberry 10 and we are thrilled at the enthusiasm we see from them," said Alec Saunders, RIM's VP for developer relations.
"We have worked hard, and continue to work hard to meet the needs of developers." µ