BlackBerry Z10 And Q10 With BB 10 OS On Board Officially Announced, RIM Changes Name To BlackBerry
A new chapter in RIM’s history begun yesterday, when BlackBerry 10 OS and the first two smartphones running on the company’s new platform were officially announced. We are talking about BlackBerry Z10 and the Q10 model, the latter one known so far as X10. Let’s have a look at the other announcements made by RIM/BlackBerry.
The BlackBerry 10 launch event took place in New York, and RIM CEO, Thorsten Heins stepped on the stage to discuss about the company’s future. Heins said that he dreams of an “hyper connected” future for the Canada-based company. He described the perfect smartphone as a combination between a good browser, quality apps, good camera and fast download speeds, but he added that it wants even more for BlackBerry 10.
You should also know that the Canadian company is no longer called Research in Motion as it was rebranded as BlackBerry, under the motto “One Brand. One Promise.”
As about the products launched at the press conference, the first one is the new BlackBerry 10 OS, which comes with 70,000 apps, all available on the platform right from the first day. Angry Birds, Skype and Twitter, plus Facebook and Amazon Kindle are among them. The app store in BB 10 OS is called BlackBerry World and is a central hub both for software and multimedia. BlackBerry 10 received the support of 8 big movie studios, plus 7 record labels.
The business users will be able to use LinkedIn, Cisco WebX, FourSquare, WhatsApp, Box, The Economist and many other. It seems that it’s a trend to hire a star Creative Director and after Intel signed a contract with Will.I.Am from Black Eyed Peas, now BlackBerry announces that Alicia Keys will be its Global Creative Director. At the BlackBerry 10 launch event, the officials of the Canadian company also announced that Angry Birds Star Wars will be available for free on BlackBerry 10 OS. Therefore, according to Rovio, the first 1,250,000 downloads will be for free.
BlackBerry Z10, is definetely the most interesting smartphone presented at yesterday’s event, bringing a 4.2-inch display, with 1,280 x 768 pixels, dual-core Krait CPU at 1.5 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and an 8 megapixel camera. The handset is capable of recording 1080p videos, has an HDMI port and comes with 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. In terms of connectivity, BlackBerry Z10 comes with LTE, WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. The BlackBerry 10-powered smartphone comes with an amazing touch keyboard, with an interesting predictive text input system, but if you are a fan of BB’s full QWERTY physical keyboards maybe you would like to check the BlackBerry Q10.
The smartphone uses the BlackBerry-specific physical QWERTY keyboard but it incorporates an 3.1-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels. BlackBerry Q10 comes with a stainless steel metallic frame around the display and an edge-to edge glass front panel. Under the hood of Q10 you will finde the same processor underpinning the Z10.
BlackBerry Z10 will hit the stores in Great Britain today, at most of the big carriers and retailers. In Canada the smartphone will have a price of $150 on a 3-year contract, while in US it will be available for $200 with a 2-year contract.
BlackBerry Q10 will become available for purchase in April. The company’s officials also promised that an update for BlackBerry PlayBook will roll out, bringing BlackBerry 10 OS on the tablet.
What do you believe about BlackBerry’s latest products? Will BlackBerry 10 OS and BlackBerry Z10 be able to save the Canadian phone maker? Let us know in the comments section below.