The company formerly known as RIM has just taken the wraps off the two smartphones that it hopes will turn its fortunes around. These will run the equally new BlackBerry 10 operating system.
RIM has been struggling to compete with Apple and Google in countries like the United States, and hopes that the products it just unveiled will help turn things around. As part of saying that ‘today is a new day’, it has changed its name. It’s now officially called BlackBerry.
On to the Hardware
The first of these to come out — starting tomorrow in at least one country — is dubbed the Z10. This is a touchscreen-centric device with a 4.2-inch, 1280 x 768 display. This gives it a quite respectable pixel density of 356 dpi.
It’s going to run BlackBerry 10 on a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, with 2GB RAM. There will be a microSD memory card slot for removable storage.
There will be 4G LTE support, WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC. Other features include an 8MP rear camera, a 2 MP front one, a micro-HDMI port and an 1800 mAH battery.
Coming later is the Q10. BlackBerry made its reputation with handsets that have physical keyboards, and the Q10 is going to continue that tradition. It will sport a 3.1-inch Touchscreen fixed above a small set of keys designed to be used with the thumbs.
During his presentation today, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins put much of the focus on the Z10. The Q10 got less emphasis, and at this point a full set of specs has not been announced.
Price and Availability
All four of the top U.S. carriers have committed to the BlackBerry Z10, but not immediately. Verizon, for example, is going to get the smartphone in March, and will charge $200 for it with a two-year deal.
The Q10 is expected to be introduced in April.