Company CEO Thorsten Heins showcased a prototype version of the device at BlackBerry World 2012, confirming that it will run the upcoming BB10 operating system.
RIM's BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha features a 4.2-inch screen with a 1280×768 resolution, 16GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM. It will be similar in design to the firm's PlayBook tablet, sporting a similar graphical user interface.
The handset is expected to include a mini HDMI port, a microSD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The physical keyboard found on previous BlackBerry phones has been dropped in favour of full touch-screen support.
RIM has handed out early versions of the handset to programmers, granting them access to the camera, browser, and PlayBook setup/settings. Early feedback from developers has been positive, with its screen resolution singled out for praise.
A release date for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha is yet to be announced.
Watch an introductory video to the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha below: