Research in Motion just rebranded itself as Blackberry (BBRY). The company announced its most anticipate device, the Blackberry Z10, a keyboardless touch-based smartphone featuring a 4.2” 1,280 x 768 display 356 ppi.
The hardware is fitted with a dual core Snapdragon 1.5GHz CPU; 2GB of RAM extended by a microSD slot. NFC and Bluetooth 4.0; WiFi and LTE support; 8MP and 2MP camera are among the specs.
The company does not forget it fan base that lives and loves the physical keyboard for quick and tactile thumb typing. Blackberry also announce along side the Z10, the Q10, which carries a more familiar look and feel of the traditional BB devices. Its screen however is touch capable.
The new devices will be the first to run the company new OS Blackberry 10, which is a ground-up redesign to work with touch gestures. Learning curb is expected for Blackberry users to navigate through Blackberry Hub, messaging, notification and apps. In additional to core applications, the platform has approximately 70,000 third party apps at launch, including Facebook, Twitter, Rovio (Angry Birds), Rdio, Skype, Twitter’s Vine.
The Z10 will be available on all the US wireless carriers in March time frame for $200 with the unusual 3 year contract.
The Q10 offers a squarish 768 x 768 3.1" and a full QWERTY keyboard, which offers easier and better typing experience than any smartphones out there including the Blackberry Bold. The display should be about the same as the Z10 with the soft keyboard on. The Q10 features MicroUSB and MicroHDMI ports. MicroSD slot and a removable battery. 8MP and 2MP cameras; Dual core 1.5 MHz CPU and 2GB of RAM plus 16GB of storage. The tech specs are parallel to its full screen sibling Z10.
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