BlackBerry Launches new Z10, Q10, BB10 OS

Created: 2013-02-01 09:59 EST

 RIM took the stage in New York on Wednesday to launch the long-awaited BlackBerry 10 operating system and new hardware, while also rebranding itself, showing a new focus at the company’s core elements.

 
Research In Motion is rebranded as BlackBerry, and the company will begin trading as BBRY on February 4th.
 
The two new phones unveiled by BlackBerry are the Z10 and the Q10. The Z10 is the flagship phone, a 4.2” touchscreen smartphone powered by a dual-core 1.5GHZ processor. Its 1280 x 768 pixels resolution is slightly denser than the iPhone 5. The LTE-and-Wi-Fi-enabled phone also comes with an 8MP camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM and NFC. There are MicroUSB and MicroHDMI ports as well as a MicroSD slot. Available in the UK now, the Z10 should launch in Canada on February 5th, the UAE on the 10th, and the US in March.
 
The Q10 sports the company’s signature physical QWERTY keyboard. It comes with a 3.1” AMOLED touchscreen with a 720 x 720 pixels display. Similar to the Z10, it also sports a dual-core 1.5 GHZ processor with 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear and 2MP front-facing cameras and a MicroSD slot. The Q10 is expected out in April.
 
Both phones, of course, come with the BlackBerry 10 OS. Noticeable features of BB10 are BlackBerry Balance, an ability to separate Work and Personal accounts, and BBM, the formerly wildly popular messaging system. BBM now also has video calling with screen-sharing, which could be a boon for corporate users.
 
With the new entries, BlackBerry is hoping to take back some market share after a few tumultuous years.
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