BlackBerry launches new BlackBerry 10 devices

As we already knew from prior leaks, RIM, now called BlackBerry, was aiming to launch their brand new BB10 OS on two devices. Though most of the info was already known, BlackBerry has now officially launched two new smartphones: the Z10 and the Q10. Both phones are scheduled to come to the US in March.

The Z10 is a full touch handset that will be sporting a 4.2 inch touchscreen with a 1280 x 769 resolution coming in at 356 ppi; the new device will be released in black and white models. The handset will be powered by a dual-core CPU of unknown make and will feature 2GB of RAM alongside 16GB for storage. This can be expanded via a microSD card up to 32 GB, so 48 GB in total. The Z10 will also feature the usual sensing instruments: accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, light sensors, plus it also has Bluetooth 4.0 built-in.

The phone also has a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video filming as well as a front-facing 2mpx camera for 720p video chatting. The phone will be available on both AT&T and Verizon with LTE radios and, as mentioned earlier, will become available in March for $199 on contract though prices may vary depending on carrier.

The Q10, pictured above, is a whole different type of handset. It has a full QWERTY keyboard and RIM says this will offer the best typing experience on any smartphone. It features a 720x720 screen and a specially crafted glass back cover. As soon as more info is made available we'll update this post.

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So...Blackberry is releasing two phones with two widely different aspect ratios. That is going to be a nightmare for app developers...which is where smartphones make it or break it. Good idea!

spacer said,
So...Blackberry is releasing two phones with two widely different aspect ratios. That is going to be a nightmare for app developers...which is where smartphones make it or break it. Good idea!

Two different devices aimed at a different audience.... and,70.000 apps already available.
Not bad at all....

spacer said,
So...Blackberry is releasing two phones with two widely different aspect ratios. That is going to be a nightmare for app developers...which is where smartphones make it or break it. Good idea!
Pretty sure BB had a solid app ecosystem with different form factors previously. I don't know why you'd think the same wouldn't be true now... except for developers who've stopped producing for the platform.

spacer said,
So...Blackberry is releasing two phones with two widely different aspect ratios. That is going to be a nightmare for app developers...which is where smartphones make it or break it. Good idea!

Considering that there are also Android devices with such different aspect ratios (HTC ChaCha and Samsung Galaxy Pro for instance), many devs are probably already used to such development. I'd agree that it's another thing that devs need to take into consideration though.

Z10 looks a bit like the old HTC Desire, Are apple going to sue thm for infringement

I hope to see these in person soon, Blackberry was great for business and I hope these phones get them there again, they look the part and they seem to have the hardware. Good luck Blackberry aka RiM

I'm wondering if they might have been better off focusing all their resources on the Q10 and carving their own little niche in the phone market. Do 1 thing and do it well. The Z10 is just another phone similar to many others.

I could be very wrong about this, I am sometimes :-)

RedOak said,
I could be very wrong about this, I am sometimes :-)

You are.
While in a traditional candy bar form factor, there is nothing similar to other smartphones.

Now we just wait for Apple to arrive with some lame announcement. Heaven forbid people talk about anyone else!

Boyd Petersen said,
Where did that come from? Hate Apple much. Geez.

Some people can't start their day until they let everyone know that they dislike something.

ACTIONpack said,
I don't understand by the name change. It's still BlackBerry.

How is RIM (Apple) changing it's name to BlackBerry (iPhone) still BlackBerry?

From the second graphic it looks like they've crammed WAY TOO MUCH into a small space, I can't make out much on that and I think you'd need 20/20 vision to be able to do so.

People tend to forget that what was killing blackberry was the service, not the OS or the hardware. If they pulled that same "everything goes through our servers" crap they are doomed.

I think that BB will do quite well. It will be interesting watching the bottom end fight it out for marketshare. I predict that BB will do pretty well.

I would love to have a physical keyboard, but I'm not sure if a Blackberry with a keyboard can overcome the many flaws that have always surrounded Blackberry, Hoping that this'll be different. Want to test the devices out.

I liked the OS on the playbook so if is anything like that it will be a good operating system. Has to be better than Windows and Android. Would have to look more into it but if I ever dumped my iPhone then blackberry might be a good choice. I just do not like Android or Windows at all.

Blackberry reminds me a lot of Apple since they build the device and the operating system unlike Android which runs on a gazillion different devices with so much fragmentation. I hope they do well because I am frankly tired of Android but I don't think they will compete much because like I said Android is on a gazillion phones for cheap.

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