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BlackBerry betting on Z10 and Q10 to launch new OS

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The new BlackBerry Z10 (pictured above) comes with a 4.2 inch touchscreen while its sister device Q10 offers a physical keyboard for BlackBerry traditionalists.

At a press event held in parallel in New York and London today Canadian smartphone manufacturer Research in Motion officially launched its new BlackBerry10 mobile operating system, featuring many photography-centric features as we covered in our preview story. RIM also officially changed its name to BlackBerry and will now trade on the NASDAQ under the BBRY symbol.

Two new BlackBerry devices will feature the BB10 OS. The Z10 is a 4.2-inch 720p touchscreen model with a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable using microSD cards. NFC technology is on board too. The Z10 comes with a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera and a front-facing 2MP version. The device will be available in the UK starting tomorrow, in Canada from February (at $149 with a 3-year contract) and sometime in March in the U.S. at $199 from Verizon with a 2-year contract. Other U.S. carriers are expected to make further announcements today. BlackBerry is currently testing the device with 110 carriers all over the world, so global availability should be ensured.

The second device is called the Q10 (not X10 as rumored) and should become available some time in April. The specs of this handset are not fully known yet but it comes with Blackberry's signature physical keyboard and sports 720 x 720 pixel screen and a "glass-weave" back cover.

The BlackBerry 10 OS comes with all the features that we described in our preview article and with easy switching between personal and business profiles, the OS is clearly aimed at both professional and enterprise users.

The system launches with approximately 70,000 apps in the BlackBerry World Store, including Amazon Kindle, WhatsApp, SAP, Skype, Facebook, Forssquare, Linkedin, Rdio, tuneln, SoundHound, Box, Reuters, Economist, banking, travel and government apps. For a new platform 70,000 apps is an impressive number, but developer buy-in will remain a crucial success factor for BlackBerry 10 as both Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store offer at this point approximately 10 times as many apps.

We hope to get our hands on the new devices soon to test the imaging capabilities and discover the best camera and editing apps available for the new platform.

Comments

Total comments: 27
Mike Dobbs

Been researching the BBz10 the past few weeks. I really want it! I have a company-supplied iphone 3G that's ready to be retired. My IT dept said they don't think the new BB phones will be approved in foreseeable future...as the cost to migrate to the new BB server would be very high for this large company. Though they will likley be permitted as Bring Your Own Devices on the corp network.
anyone know if that means losing certain capabilities (like the Balance feature...separated Work & Personal content)?
Might have to go with a two-phone lifestyle other wise!

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Howard Prendergast

I have never used a BB but I d hope they deliver a competitive product for both competition and the success of a canadian tech company.
A friend of mine (Computer systems manager) want from BB to iphone and back to BB for the simple reason that the BB phone did not need recharging during the day where the iphone died during the day because he was playing with all the apps.
Will the new BB phones with all the apps and graphics also use up power? May be important for business users along with the inherent BB advantages.

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Arsen

The more I read about the Blackberry 10 OS, the more I want it now.. My contract is not up for another year, but the features with the new OS is trully amazing, and I will take the plunge on Tuesday when its out here in Canada. The most important part for me is the Web browser with HTML5 and Flash,, yes flash.. The Hub for all my messages emails is a bonus and the ability to seperate my business from personal is something I always wished my current phone can do.. Good Job RIM(Blackberry) with the OS..

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Frank C.

not a toy like that silly US iphone... finally! Can't wait to get my hands on one and watch AAPL head sub 300$ lol

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crunch27

Looking forward to both phones. My wife is going to get the Z10 and I am getting the Q10. I am a hard key person. Best of both worlds. Go RIM.....ooops BlackBerry.

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Greg Gebhardt

Same old RIMM. A month, at least, delay before it hits the USA. Their introduction was one of the worst shows I have ever seen and I can't be alone when you look at their stock in the toilet! Apple has little to fear!

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Jan 31, 2013)

Changing their name would have the same benefit as painting a a new name on the Titanic right after it hit the iceberg.

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Eric Sorensen

Looks like a Droid X!

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Mssimo

I thought they are not called RIM anymore...name change to blackberry.

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Lars Rehm

When I started writing this article they were still called RIM :-)

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Greg Gebhardt

New name but same old company who has had to delay everything. Put a fork in them as they are done.

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Expat Nomad

Provided they are allowed to implement their security on the phone networks of the world, they still have an edge.

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SeanOnt

The one thing BB offers that Iphone and Android don't is they have a true business platform that the others don't. Many corporations have jumped shipped and have tried to make an iphone a business phone but in the end they just don't integrate as well. If the new BB 10 OS and phones can catch up they will have a chance to rebound especially in the business world.

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Stu 5

A lot find they integrate perfectly well.

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Lars Rehm

It seems a lot of large corporations are quite happy with the iPhone which probably largely due to the 'uniformity' of the hard- and software. Android is much more fragmented which makes it less suitable for integration into enterprise systems.

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bikinchris

Sean,
A lot of iPhone fanboys don't want to hear that the reason the U.S. secret service, CIA and FBI still use Blackberry products is that they work so well and is still the most secure.
Of course, that doesn't mean much for personal users, since they don't use enterprise servers etc.

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SeanOnt

We have been in wait and see mode and are hoping bb10 will be good. Truth be told many companies have jumped because of the cool factor of an iphone an managers just want them for play. We just need a phone for secure email, docs and calender and don't need apps for work related items. Many companies that have jumped have changed to BYOD because the other phones use more data and repairs to the iphone screen are costly and more common.

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rallyfan

The apps list is going to make or break this to some extent, and I hope to see them do well for the sake of competition.

However, they really blew it back in 2007 and have not really recovered since. Consumer confidence isn't easy to regain, nor is consumer interest.

Would I buy this? No. I can't see it integrating into a Mac ecosystem. Others might though.

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Photomonkey

I am sure it is just me but 70,000 apps for a phone whose target client is a businessperson seems to be plenty.

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Greg Gebhardt

Do not believe what you hear.

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Arsen

I am actually very excited for RIM.. I have been a blackberry user for many years and still own one. I was thinking of upgrading to Iphone or Samsung Galaxy, but when this was announced today.. I am seriously going to consider the new phone and OS.. Competition for all of us is good , keeps costs low and forces big companies to come up with better products for the consumer. Go Blackberry..

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Lars Rehm

definitely, one more strong contender in the mobile arena would not do any harm.

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Travels4Food

I feel the same way. No one has the push e-mail system that BB does, and I'm curious to see this new iteration.

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Lars Rehm

They clearly haven't been up to scratch in the past few years but I gotta admit these new phones look promising. On the other hands they don't really seem to offer anything that wouldn't already be available on iPhone or Android and more time people have with their current OS the more difficult it'll be to convince them to switch (bit like DSLR-systems really).

I guess enterprise IT managers will have a close look at this but it will be very difficult for BlackBerry to make to get a significant share of the consumer market. Everybody deserves a second chance though! :-)

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Tazz93

I think they are great products... but unfortunately they alienated their customers. Its gonna be a long tough haul for them at this point.

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JavierDiaz

I've owned several BB smartphones in the past five years, the last being the 9800.

RIM left older models OUT of their last OS a year and a half ago if I remember correctly. In fact, RIM left us hanging in the wind with dated products that did not run whatever small enhancements Rthe company was making to its "new" stuff".

I'm using a Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone now, and I kid you not when I say I do not know where I left my 9800.

So with me it's GOOD BYE BLACKBERRY, HASTA NUNCA BABY. You're not to be missed.

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Sonyshine

Good Luck Blackberry!

You are going to need it!

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