Wednesday morning, BlackBerry announced two new smartphones. Running on their new BB 10 OS, their flagship Z10 is the company’s full-touch screen model, while the simultaneously released Q10 throws it back to the company’s patented button keypad. You gotta love the way those buttons click when you type on it.
The Z10 is their answer to iPhone. It has a 4.2-inch touchscreen with 1280 x 768 resolution at a density of 356ppi. Its battery is said to provide up to ten hours of 3G talk time, though also functions on 4G-LTE and can remain in standby for up to 13 days. Within its 4.84-ounce .35-inch thin body is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, running on 2GB of RAM.
It uses mini-USB to charge the phone and has a microHDMI port for putting the image on a HDTV. It’s 16GB hard drive can be supplemented with a built-in microSD card.
It’s rear camera shoots 8-megapixel photos and 1080p video. The front-facing 2-megapixel camera shoots video at 720p.
Other features onboard are GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and an NFC chip.
Pricing and Availabilty:
In the UK, the Z10 will be available starting tomorrow on both pay-as-you-go plans and pay-per-month contracts from EE, O2, Phones 4u, BT, 3UK and the Carphone Warehouse. They will be offered at subsidized prices on competitive monthly payment contracts.
In Canada, it will become available on February 5th. With prices varying by carrier, it will retail for around $149.99 with a 3-year contract.
In the UAE, it will be made available on February 10th. With prices varying by carrier, unsubsidized it will run customers AED 2,599.
The U.S. will see the Z10 in March. Pre-registration and price plans will start be announced today by various carriers. So far we know that it will be available on the four main wireless carriers: T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
Specifics on the BB Q10 are slowly trickling through the inter-webs and there hasn’t been much information made available about the device yet. We do know that it is said to hold the longest-lasting battery that the company has ever included in any of their phones, also the physical keyboard is the widest set ever featured on a BlackBerry device.
It has a dual-core processor and a small AMOLED touchscreen above the key pad. In the Q10 section of BB’s site, it still says ‘coming soon,’ with a non-clickable red asterisk. You can register your e-mail for updates or just stay tuned as we announce the specs as they are released to the public.
Availability and Pricing:
Again, with such little information actually released by the Canadian company about the Q10, all we can report is that it will launched by it’s first global carriers in April. Pricing and availability will be announced by wireless carriers individually.
Keep checking back with us. We’ll be covering all the latest BlackBerry news as it happens.