The company did not provide any details of the two smartphones, but leaks in the past have described both full touch-screen models, and models with the physical keyboards for which BlackBerry is famous.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins called the user experience in the new system "the BlackBerry flow." Demonstrations of the OS have shown an experience more like modern mobile operating systems -- which is to say, more like Apple's iOS. The axis of the experience is the BlackBerry Hub, where notifications and open applications can be accessed.
BB10 has also received FIPS 140-2 certification, covering another historical strong point of BlackBerry: Security.
The phones are in more than 50 carrier labs around the world.