As expected, Research In Motion announced its two new flagship handsets earlier today, running on the all-new BlackBerry 10 platform. Unexpectedly, the Canadian smartphone manufacturer also used this opportunity to announce an internal change: from now on, the company itself is simply called BlackBerry, ending the RIM/BB confusion once and for all. Plus, Skype was confirmed to be among the apps launching with the new software platform.
But what of the phones? The BlackBerry Z10, as previously rumoured, is an all-touch phone with a 4.2-inch screen running at a 1280x768 resolution. Its pixel density is significantly higher than the iPhone 5’s: 356ppi on the Z10 compared to the iPhone 5’s 326ppi. Tech fanatics will be delighted to hear that the Z10 also backs 2 GB of RAM, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, and 16 GB of flash storage, expandable via microSD. Its rear camera is 8 MP, and its front camera 2 MP, and, much like the other latter-day BlackBerry phones, it supports NFC.
Details are sparser for the Q10, which is the keyboard-equipped phone slated for launch later in this quarter, but we know for a fact that it also sports 2 GB of RAM, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, and 16 GB of flash storage, expandable via microSD. In the teaser video, we also hear that it has “the largest battery we’ve ever put on a BlackBerry smartphone”, as well as “the widest keypad” under it’s 3.2” display.
In terms of availability, the Z10 should be available from all major carriers in the UK from tomorrow. The phone will first launch in Canada and Europe, with staggered releases across February, and an eventual launch in the United States in March. The Q10 will likely launch worldwide in April, although this is very contingent on the critical response to the Z10.
You can check out videos introducing the two new handsets below.