Blackberry Unveils the Blackberry Z10 and Blackberry Q10

Blackberry Z10

RIM has dropped that name and adopted Blackberry as the device and business name from now onwards. The long awaited announcement has now happened, and Blackberry announced several things in the Blackberry 10 ecosystem. Top among them is the Blackberry 10 OS which naturally wouldn’t be complete without devices running on the gesture OS. Now we can drop that name RIM, remind me if I mention it. Well, Blackberry went ahead to announce their flagship device of 2013 which also signifies a new beginning. There are two devices here, the Blackberry Z10 which is full touch and the Blackberry Q10 which is touch and type. You realize that Blackberry talked of a full touch device when they announced they are going to start working on a new OS from scratch. Qwerty idea came later on when it became clear the physical keyboard habit was ingrown in Blackberry users.

So what does the Blackberry Z10 device have?

Blackberry Z10

Firstly I must commend the design that Blackberry Z10 dons, looks cute and really not like any specific device in the market yet. It tends to pick elements from quite an array of devices, while at the same time managing to steal the elegance from iPhone 5.

Inside the Blackberry Z10 we have:

  • 2G/3G and 4G options, the latter one which is market dependent
  • Data speeds at 21Mbps down and 5.76 up
  • OS is Blackberry 10
  • 4.2 inch screen with 768 x 1280 pixels, giving it an impressive 355 ppi density
  • Screen is capacitive Multitouch and there is no front buttons
  • Screen is operated by gestures
  • 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor Krait Snapdragon MSM8960
  • Adreno 225 GPU
  • Storage is 16GB with microSD support of 32GB
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8MP camera with continous Autofocus, LED flash
  • Front camera is 2MP
  • Video at 1080p @30fps
  • Bluetooth 4.0, Wi0Fi, NFC, microUSB 2.0, no Wi-Fi hotspot
  • HTML5 Browser
  • Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • BBM v6
  • Dimensions: 130 x 65.6 x 9 mm
  • Weight: 135g
  • Battery: 1800 mAh Li-Ion

The Blackberry Q10 on the other hand!

Blackberry Q10

Blackberry wasn’t going to steer clear of the qwerty device that brought it to the podium in the first place, hence they worked on a touch and qwerty device that kinda looks like a blend between the Blackberry Bold and Blackberry Porsche. Notable in this is the fact that gesture UI sticks, no scroll buttons even if it’s qwerty, that serves just for entering text apparently.

Over to the specifications:

  • Q10 misses 4G option and is an inch point three thicker
  • Speeds of 21Mbps down and 5.76 up
  • Screen is 3.1″ capacitive touch screen, SuperAMOLED
  • Weighs the same as Z10
  • 16GB Storage, microSD support
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8Mp camera, AF, LED flash
  • Video at 1080p @30fps
  • Blackberry 10 OS
  • Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • BBM v6
  • 1800mAh battery Li-Ion
  • Wi-FI hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, WI-Fi
  • 1.5Ghz Dual-Core TI OMAP 4470
  • GPU PowerVR SGX544
  • HTML5 browser
Both will be available in black and white colour options, with the Blackberry Z10 to be available in all UK carriers and stores in a few hours on 31st January, other countries like Canada get it on the 5th of Feb, the US further on in March.


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