It has been a big day for Research in Motion, as not only has it launched its long-awaited BlackBerry 10 software and related smartphones, but it has also dropped the Research in Motion and RIM names. From now on, the company will solely be known as BlackBerry.
It was this news that started off the event, which continued with the launch of two phones: The Z10 and Q10, on which BlackBerry 10 will make its debut. Their appearance wasn’t much of a surprise, as the pair had been leaked several times over the past few months. Their individual specification was glossed over too, but since that’s one of the areas in which we’re most interested, we did some digging and came up with almost all the details.
We’ll start with the Z10. This is BlackBerry’s touchscreen model and it’s equipped with a 4.2-inch, 1280 x 720 pixel resolution display and is powered by a dual-core, 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. The camera has 8-megapixels, the internal storage capacity is 16GB, plus the Z10 has a microSD card slot, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and in certain territories 4G LTE connectivity.
Not quite as much is known about the Q10, but it’s differentiated by its physical QWERTY keyboard. While this may be considered a BlackBerry tradition, it’s one of a dying breed, as the form factor has fallen out of favour over the past few years. However, rather than being a problem, this could work for BlackBerry as according to CEO Thorsten Heins, it was an often requested feature.
The Q10 has the same processor and amount of RAM as the Z10, but a 3.1-inch, 720 x 720 pixel touchscreen to go with its keyboard. We’re forced to guess on the remaining specs though, although it’s probable the Q10 will have the same amount of memory and connectivity options.
So when can you get your hands on a BlackBerry 10 phone? Amazingly, the Z10 will be on sale as you read this, and it’ll be available through all the major UK networks. As for prices, they’re still be revealed, but O2 has a two-week offer where you’ll get the phone for free on a two-year, £36 per month tariff. If you fancy a white Z10, then Phones4U has bagged it as an exclusive.
If you’re interested, the BlackBerry 10 launch event can be watched online here. So, will the new OS end up being the success BlackBerry needs it to be? Only time will tell.