RIM is no more. After what definitely seemed like an eternity, the new BlackBerry is finally here. And that includes the company’s name – it’s now, simply, BlackBerry. And it unveiled its latest mobile operating system and the first two devices running it, just like we expected.
After all, there have been dozens, if not hundreds of leaks relating to BlackBerry 10 and the two new smartphones over the past few months. Much has already been known about the QNX-based new OS because developers have been working to bring apps to it for a long while now. So while the announcement itself was less of a surprise because of this, BlackBerry (the company) managed to pull something impressive off: launch a totally new mobile platform with 70,000 apps.
That’s right. BlackBerry 10 isn’t just a new version of the OS, it’s something entirely new, built atop that QNX core. And it will launch with 70,000 apps in its store. Now that’s the way to unveil a new operating system.
The two smartphones are exactly those we’ve seen countless times before in leaks, and they’ll both come in black and white. They are the touch-only Z10, and the QWERTY-endowed Q10 (which had been referred to many times as the X10 or the N-series).
The BlackBerry Z10 (seen above) comes with a 4.2-inch 1,280×768 touchscreen (with 356 ppi pixel density), a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera with 1080p Full HD video recording support, a 2 MP front-facing camera with 720p video, micro SIM, 16 or 32 GB of built-in storage space, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth, NFC, HDMI out, a 3.5 mm headset jack, and a 1,800 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 130x66x9.3 mm, and it weighs 138 grams.
The BlackBerry Q10 has a 3.1-inch 720×720 touchscreen and the trademark physical QWERTY keyboard underneath it, and is otherwise identical in terms of specs to the Z10 (save for dimensions and weight, of course). This will undoubtedly be the phone that will appeal to hardcore BlackBerry fans, because of that keyboard.
The BlackBerry Z10 will go on sale in the UK tomorrow, just like we heard. However, that doesn’t mean the rollout across the world won’t take some time. The Z10 will be out in Canada on February 5 (confirming one leak from a few days ago), but it will only make its way to the US in March. The good news though is that it will be offered by all the four major carriers – Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T. The BlackBerry Z10 will become available in the United Arab Emirates (one of BlackBerry’s biggest markets, believe it or not) on February 10.
In Canada, you’ll probably be able to pick one up for $149.99 with a new three-year contract. In the US, the pricing will be $199.99 with a two-year contract. Verizon will exclusively sell the white Z10 in the US.
Details for when the BlackBerry Q10 will start shipping haven’t been released yet.
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