The fact that RIM (Research In Motion) was going to announce its new BlackBerry OS 10 based phones today was a fact known to everyone. What however was not known until now was that we would not be hearing the word “RIM” any longer – officially. Thats because RIM has officially changed its name to “BlackBerry”. In fact, this announcement was big enough to temporarily sway people’s minds away from the all important BlackBerry 10 devices that were announced today.
Anyway, at the event earlier today at New York, BlackBerry finally showcased its brand new OS 10 and the all important devices. Let’s now take a quick look at those. We start with the flagship Z10. This device features a 4.2 inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels. This translates to a pixel per inch density of 356 dpi. At 9.2 inches, the Z10 is not exactly thin – but BlackBerry has managed to keep the weight down to 138 grams which is quite decent.
Under the hood, powering the device is a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC supported by 2GB RAM. The battery happens to be rated at 1,800mAh which isnt really confidence inspiring. The phone supports micro SD cards of up to 32 GB in size and takes in a micro SIM. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and WiFi a/b/g/n and full support for LTE. A micro-USB, micro-HDMI and a 3.5mm headphone jack are thrown in as well.
Taking care of the imaging bit are two cameras – a 2-megapixel front facing one that can also take videos in 720p, and an 8-megapixel main camera that can record at 1080p. The phone is set to arrive in the U.S by March for a price of $199 for a two year contract. The second handset that was showcased at the event was the Q10. Unlike the Z10, this one sports that quintessential BlackBerry keyboard – as well as a 3.1 inch 720*720 pixel touchscreen. Unlike the Z10, other features of the Q10 are still under wraps. This one will make its debut only by April this year – once again a bad move from RIM. This one should have been out along with the Z10 which itself is expected to arrive well over a month from now.
Anyway, now that the first of the BlackBerry 10 based devices have been revealed, you might want to let us know what you think about it?