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BlackBerry Z10 is here: all-touch and with 70,000 BB10 apps behind it

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BlackBerry Z10 is here: all-touch and with 70,000 BB10 apps behind it
BlackBerry's CEO (yep, it's all BB now, no RIM anymore) Thorsten Heins just took to the stage today to announce the BlackBerry Z10, its new powerhouse handset with the brand new BlackBerry 10 mobile OS.

The Z10 is a fully touchscreen device, unlike the nostalgic Q10, and it sports modern specs, too, with cool patterned soft-touch material on the back. The screen is 4.2" LCD with 1280 x 768 pixels, making for a pixel density of 356ppi. A 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2 GB of RAM are the power under the hood, and there are 16 GB of internal storage, as well as the all-important microSD card slot.

You will need all the RAM, because BB10 is a true multitasking system, like Android, so everything remains how you left it, or moves on under the hood, but is available at all times.

Cameramen will have an 8 MP rear main camera with LED flash at their disposal. It captures 1080 video, of course, and there is a 2 MP front-facer with HD capture. There is NFC, and wired connectivity includes microUSB and microHDMI ports. The Z10 is just 9 mm thick, so it won't feel chubby in your hands - all in all, a pretty decent package, and available in white, too.

It's the software that will count with BB fans, though, and a special attention has been given to the keyboard to make it as BlackBerry-esque as possible, and it indeed is a carbon copy of its physical counterparts. The added value is gesture typing with above-key choice of word suggestions and left swipe to delete word by word. 


There are at the moment over 70,000 applications for the phone, which is the most any mobile OS has had at launch, among which are Skype, WhatsApp, Angry Birds, SoundHound, Rdio, Where's My Water, Amazon Kindle and so on - over a thousand of the top applications have been committed to BB10 by now.

BlackBerry Z10 is here: all-touch and with 70,000 BB10 apps behind it
All major US carriers have plans to offer the BlackBerry Z10, with availability with them expected to be sometime around March, though exact availability dates have not been announced. Canada will get the Z10 on February 5 for CAD 139.99 with the typical 3-year contract available north of the border. In the UK, it will be launched as soon as tomorrow with major carriers. 

The Z10 will be available there as fully subsidized or pay-as-you-go handsets, and in the US carriers will announce pricing at a later date. 

Oh, and the new Global Creative Director for BlackBerry now - Alicia Keys.

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posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:01 7

1. jonartpop (Posts: 192; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


The specs are quite the same as the rumours so far.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:02 9

2. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Goodluck BB

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:03 8

3. jove39 (Posts: 1921; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Good luck Blackberry :)

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:11 4

6. korean411 (Posts: 85; Member since: 04 May 2009)


Yes good luck to them

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:04 5

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Well done on the design, but that's an epic bezel around what looks like a small screen compared to the whole thing. It also has past season hardware.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:15 2

11. CardiWPfan (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


I absolutely concur with your sentiments.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 11:03

35. imkyle (Posts: 1079; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Who cares about a bezel.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:42 1

24. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


because the phone with the better specs gets errors all the time and why do people choose iphone than? Android is just a software...they need better specs to attract people cuz otherwise nobody would give a dam with all the errors and crappy battery life, etc...i have a samsung galaxy tab and i got tired of it looooong time ago. blackberry 10 is what people want and need

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:07 7

5. catt4u (Posts: 144; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


Pitty it has only medio core specs with a 4.2" screen and dualcore processor.
This new Z10 won't be able to compete with the latest Android high-end devices with 5" screens and running the latest quad cores (soon eight cores)
I think these specs wil only be enough to pull customers away from iPhone users who used to be BB users.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:12 1

7. korean411 (Posts: 85; Member since: 04 May 2009)


i would say time will tell but i think the infrastructure of BB10 will get people like the BBM hub and etc.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:16 10

13. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


It's not all about specs droider. It's about how it all comes together for the end user experience. This is y the iPhone is such a phenomenal device.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:17 1

14. korean411 (Posts: 85; Member since: 04 May 2009)


tech specs wise i have to agree high end android phones like the note 3, and gs4 which is most likely come out this year will be massive.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:18 1

15. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


i have to agree. if i use my device to do any kind of work on it for my job, a bigger screen is more attractive to me. maybe the OS will be what people are more interested in. maybe the true multitasking is the attraction. with iphone reportedly coming out with new phones, i dont think this will be enough to pull those iphones users back to BB. not saying i dont want BB to succeed, i just dont think this phone spec-wise is enough.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:29 10

20. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Yeah, when a Droid with 8 core works smoother and faster than this BB10, give me a call. You make it sound as if an octa core will get you pu$$y. Do you actually make full use of a dual core?

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:37 1

22. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


depends if the app is coded to make use of it. most apps arent. especially apps like instagram or facebook. they dont do enough to warrant needing to use both cores. but that still doesnt help the consumer. if you are going to pick up a phone, cand you have a BB10 with 4.2 inch screen and dual core processor for $99 (just a comparison) and right next to it is an android with 4.7 inch 1080p screen with quad core processor for $99, why wouldnt i buy the better spec phone for the same price?

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:38 2

23. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Nobody needs android with their huge screens and and high end devices...we need a decent sized screen so it fits beautifully in our hands and a software that is way better than android...and that right there is Blackberry 10 B****

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:45 2

25. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


galaxy s3, note 1 and 2, htc one x and one x+ etc sales say different. if that was the case then lower end spec androids would be selling better than higher end spec ones. but they arent.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:47 5

27. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


I tried the iphone out yesterday and hated it....it's seems more like a toy than a phone. where is multi tasking? and typing on it truly sucks. u can never get the same feel like the bb has

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:47 1

28. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


why is iphone going with bigger screens in the future then? thats right, people want bigger screens. using iphone as an example didnt help you. iphone has crappy battery life also. i'm not trying to defend android, i'm saying people DO want bigger screens and upgraded hardware, to say "people dont need it" or it's not needed means you are blind.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:48 1

29. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


That's cuz your korean...of coarse u would say that lol

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:53 2

30. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


No using iphone as an example did help me cuz people go for the experience not just high end specs which android needs compared to other phones...Ye but are bigger screens gonna attract people forever? no cuz how much bigger can u go for a phone? and it's as if other companies can't make bigger screens...The one thing blackberry 10 has that other phones don't is this amazing new software...the bigger screen is looking stupid after 4.8 inches...no i can see people want bigger screens but any phone company can make bigger screens....soon enough they will have to thread bigger pockets in jeans and pants to fit those bigger screens lmao

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:55

31. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Android needs higher end specs on their devices...

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 11:02 2

33. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


iPhone 5 – Apple A6 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, triple-core PowerVR SGX 543MP3 GPU, 1GB RAM

Samsung Galaxy S3 – Exynos 4412 1.4GHz Quad-core CPU

and the iphone has a lot more power than the S3 so there goes your proof

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 11:03 2

36. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Then obviously it's not for u, but if you're trying to diss it...forget it. It's an excellent device, not without its short comings but an excellent device. If u tried it out n the store, that's not good enough. Spend some time hands on with it, get into it, and you'd see.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 11:06

37. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


And u double click the home button to bring up the multitasking tray. Works greats as well.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 11:08 1

38. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


android had 68.4% global market share. that's alot of people going for the android experience and liking it. your arguement is flawed.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 11:10 1

39. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


so you're arguing that phones dont need higher end specs, and you use the iphone as an example, yet you link the iphone 5 specs to try to show that it has higher specs than the gs3. lol. you win, ignorance is bliss.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 12:03 2

44. nwright94 (unregistered)


McDonalds sells the most cheeseburgers, does that mean they make the absolute best burgers? Android is doing so well because its on a wide variety of devices, probably the majority of android devices are lower-end phones that people can afford, I doubt the majority are the new bleeding-edge beasts. Being open-sourced and any manufacturer is able to use it, that gives it a huge advantage in terms of getting market share. Android isn't bad at all, but you can't use market share to say its best.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 11:34

41. HouTexan (Posts: 443; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


It doesn't have "more power", sir. It runs a lot LESS than an android device does, so it doesn't need much. Why you're trying to diss Android, who knows? But it surely isn't working out for you.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 11:34 2

42. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Yes ignoriance is bliss when u are lost at conversation...I never said it has higher specs than the gs3. I'm showing u that even though it has lower specs than the gs3 it is still much more powerful than gs3 and works flawlessly in comparison...durrrrr

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