It’s the same yet quite different. In fact, it’s RIM’s new creation. BlackBerry 10 was launched yesterday as RIM’s fresh platform creation first made available on its two latest smartphones—BlackBerry Z10, which is all-touch and LTE-ready handset, and BlackBerry Q10, which flaunts a touch display plus they usual physical QWERTY keyboard. The result is a smarter, smoother, and definitely faster BlackBerry ever. Should I say the Z10 is a sexier BlackBerry, too? 🙂
The launching happened simultaneously in New York, London, Toronto, Dubai, Paris, and Joahannesburg. RIM President and CEO Thorsten Heins stressed that the re-engineered, re-designed, and re-invented BlackBerry offers an “entirely” different mobile experience that will keep users on the go.
What’s So Special about BlackBerry 10?
Aside from the usual suave features that mark newly introduced smartphones, BlackBerry 10 has a “gestured interface” sure to excite users as they easily discover Disney features like “Where’s My Perry?” and “Bringing Where’s My Water?” Tim O’Brien, Disney Games VP for Business Development, also commented that BlackBerry 10 is sure to be the platform expanding their network of mobile players.
The Cloud Collaboration Applications Technology Group in Cisco, through its Vice President Raj Gossain, was proud to have their WebEx technology applied to the platform, quickly enabling customers to join, login, view contents, and keep updated with WebEx meetings by just using the new smartphone.
That means users can quickly access capabilities like instant messaging, conferencing, and IP voice calling, staying connected with family, friends or business associates—practically with anyone—anytime and anywhere. This is the result of RIM’s and Cisco’s joint efforts.
Skype in BlackBerry?
Skype in the new BlackBerry 10 platform will bring Microsoft’s Skype experience into the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, and so with smartphones running the platform in the future. And Microsoft is excited about this plan materializing in the future, Bob Rosin said, who is the VP and GM for the company’s Business Development. Everything is being done to ensure that Skype gets into BlackBerry 10 devices, he added. Just imagine the free video and voice calls users would enjoy, the videos and photos shared, and availing of Skype’s low call rates either through mobiles or landlines.
How About the Smartphones?
The new units BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 are definitely worlds of improvements over past BlackBerry models. For one, they’re lots faster and advanced, specs-wise. They’re fitted with dual-core processors ticking at 1.5 Ghz each, and that comes with 2GB of RAM for faster computing. The Z10 has an internal storage of 16GB plus an expandable slot for the memory card. On top of that, the Z10 features a 4.1-inch touch screen multi-touch display with pixel density rating of ~355 ppi. The Q10 on the other hand flaunts a 3.1-inch display (328 ppi) on top of the full QWERTY keyboard. The displays boast its latest enhancements plus screen technology that enables sharp, clear, and vibrant images. Both units possess the micro HDMI port usable for presentations or when you want to hook it up to a large HD screen. Mobile bill payments and info exchange are run by top sensors like NFC or the Near Field Communications. For power source, these handsets both use removable batteries.
Price and Availability
The BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 are already available today in several key markets including UK, Canada and UAE — of course with varying prices and carrier contracts. In Canada for instance where it will be available comes February 5th, the 3-year contracted retail price is said to be at $149.99. BlackBerry says it expects the first global carriers to launch the BlackBerry Q10 in April, so I guess we could see these devices make a landfall in the Philippines in late March or early April.