The New BlackBerry 10 release date is yesterday – Jan 30, and the first two devices to run it, the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10. BlackBerry went all in with their latest update to the fading mobile platform that once had a stranglehold on the enterprise market.
The BlackBerry Z10 is BlackBerry’s all-touch device featuring a 4.2-inch display with a 1280×768 resolution, equaling a pixel density of 356ppi. The phone carries a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU with 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera, and 16GB or 32GB storage options.
The BlackBerry Q10 has similar internal hardware, but features a full QWERTY keyboard and 3.1-inch display at 330ppi. The BlackBerry Q10 will complement the BlackBerry Z10, a full-touchscreen model also unveiled today by RIM. The BlackBerry Q10 features a 3.1-inch, 720 x 720 touchscreen display that sits above a full qwerty keyboard. The back of the device has glass weave cover that is “thinner, lighter, and stronger than plastic,” say BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins. It is expected to launch in Q1, 2013, shortly after the BlackBerry Z10.
For BlackBerry 10 flagship handsets, the hardware seems a little light when compared to the latest Android devices (and even the iPhone 5). But BlackBerry is hoping to succeed not on hardware alone, but also on through their brand new software platform, which reinvents the BlackBerry ecosystem for the touchscreen era.