Now that Research In Motion (RIM) is known as BlackBerry and the company has fully committed to a new platform built by its engineers and designers from the ground-up, let’s take a look at the results.They’re called BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 and they are the first products of the Canadian handset maker under the new designation, expected to go on sale starting today.
The BlackBerry Z10 will be available in the UK beginning today, while other countries will get it over the next couple of weeks.
The Z10 is the first full-touch smartphone powered by BlackBerry 10 platform, just as the Q10 is the first to feature a physical QWERTY keyboard.
The former sports a more than decent 4.2-inch WXGA capacitive touchscreen display that supports HD (1280 x 768 pixels) resolution and 356ppi pixel density.
On the inside, the smartphone is equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor built on Krait architecture, which is complemented by an Adreno 225 graphics processing unit and 2GB of RAM.
There are 16GB of internal memory inside, but users will be able to expand it further up to 32GB via microSD memory card.
The 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back features autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording, while the 2-megapixel front-facing camera is perfect for video calls or capturing HD (720p) video.
There will be a few BlackBerry Z10 versions available on the market, so some might be fitted with LTE support, while other might not. Depending on the carrier and region, the BlackBerry Z10 will offer the best connectivity experience possible.
Next up is BlackBerry Q10, which is now said to arrive on the market in April. The phone has been designed in the traditional BlackBerry-esque way, so expect the same high-quality QWERTY keyboard and stylish finishes.
BlackBerry Q10 packs a similar 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, but this one is made by Texas Instruments (OMAP 4470). In addition, the smartphone comes equipped with a PowerVR SGX544 graphics processing unit and 2GB of RAM.
The phone’s AMOLED display measures exactly 3.1 inches and supports 720 x 720 pixels resolution and 330ppi pixel density, which is a bit unorthodox for a company like BlackBerry.
Unfortunately, BlackBerry did not unveil the amount of storage the Q10 embeds, but it has been confirmed the Q10 will come with microSD card slot memory expansion (up to 32GB).
Last but not least, both BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 are powered by similar 1800 mAh Li-Ion batteries, which are rated for up to 10 hours of talk time.