2013 BlackBerry phones will not have 1080p screens, sticking with 4.2 and 3.1-inch form factors

2013 BlackBerry phones will not have 1080p screens, sticking with 4.2 and 3.1-inch form factors
BlackBerry has just officially unveiled the all-touch BlackBerry Z10 and the full QWERTY BlackBerry Q10, and it hasn’t even launched them everywhere yet, but chief executive Thorsten Heins is already speaking up about the next generation of devices.

And he revealed some interesting facts - the second wave of devices after the first BlackBerry 10 generation will retain the form factor with an all-touch 4.2-inch device and a 3.1-inch full QWERTY phone.

So we’ll have two form factors:
- 4.2-inch phone with 1,280 x 768 pixel resolution
- 3.1-inch QWERTY phone with 720 x 720 pixel resolution

Moreover, Heins revealed that BlackBerry will stick to a 12 to 15-month product cycle, which means that it will be around the same time next year or a bit later when we should see second-gen BB10 handsets.

It’s an interesting decision by BlackBerry to not move to higher-res, 1080p displays as the Android pack, but we wouldn’t say that this will translate into a huge disadvantage for the average user for whom there will be no visible difference in screen quality between a 1080p handset and a 720p phone.

source: BlackBerry

Related phones

Z10
  • Display 4.2" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
Q10
  • Display 3.1" 720 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(13.5h 3G talk time)

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21 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey I really like what Black Berry is doing here. These are VERY nice devices & I am really rooting for RIM & Black Berry to do well. They don't need 1080p if they are going with only 4.2" & 3.1" screens. Kudos to RIM/Black Berry.

4. jbjr43

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Agree with you 100%, SuperAndroidEvo! I do have a bit of a soft spot for Blackberry. My first smartphone was a Curve..

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I know what you mean. BlackBerry was a lot of people's first smartphone. I home BB gets it together. +1

20. jbjr43

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

And my second was the Storm 1 followed by my 3rd, Storm 2. It was during those days I learned how to cook up hybrid OS for them. I became quite proficient, had some great help and teachers. Afterwards, I enlisted on BlackBerry OS and became a moderator. Man, that was fun, right up to the day I got my first Android- a Droid X. It wasn't long until I rooted that bad boy. Had a lot of fun back in the day..

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That is why I love Android. Everyone remembers their first root. lol

13. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

but actually they need to do this things this year, since a lot of people here set its minds that the 2013 phones should have 1080p and quad core! the reason why apple is falling coz they stick to what they want.. they need to adopt what android do.. even though not necessary since full HD screens on a phone is a total non sense...

15. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Its nice to see someone else gets that NO Need for 1080p. As for the devices they are very nice specs for OS. I used a Playbook and QNX was great compared to BB outdated OS. My wife has a Torch and is up for a new phone. She has been waiting to see what these looked like and is likely to jump on one.

2. MaineMan91

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

I think its to late for blackberry to make a comeback, they might create a buzz with there new phones but nothing that will put them up towards samsung or apple

14. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

better late than never!

3. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

These new BlackBerries devices will be a huge success, welcome back BB!. I love the new company philosophy, they will be okay if they truly stick with it, 12 to 15 months rotation of devices, and smart enough to live with and take advantage of Android's app. Well done!

5. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

What bothers me is how the 4.2"screen phone is the same size as 4.7" inch phones due to all the bezel.

7. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I agree.. in looking at the latest phones such as the Razer M from Moto, that micro bezel is SEXY! first glance at the BB, the huge bezel makes it look dated from the start. I am hoping they succeed.. I've always had a soft spot for BB.. it was my first smartphone!

10. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

all the more protection, blackberries were always very durable.

6. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Needs bigger screens... This 2013... They shouldn't be like apple.. (I own ip5)

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I see a problem as they are going to release a bunch of devices using the same two form factors and a bunch of ridiculous names yet all look vaguely similar, talk about not learning from past mistakes.

11. jay47

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

there's a lot of phones that look vaguely similar and do the same but no ones talking about that just talking about how BB 10 not making it. bet if they came out with a bigger screen everyone would still have something negative or say it similar to Samsung or android phones. SMH just be happy that BB 10 is offering something that apple still can offer is, NFC and ability to move easily from one screen to the next.

12. thelegend6657 unregistered

Anyone that owns a 1080p device , can you notice the difference ?

16. technut

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

I could care less what some people say. I for one, notice the difference.

19. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

probably with a microscope or a really high res picture. Beyond that, its already been proven that to the naked eye, you cannot see the difference. Thus, it really is pointless.

17. GeekMovement unregistered

I'm really hoping the best for Blackberry. I hope they don't start creating the same kind of smartphones every year again. It would be nice to see a 4.5" display imo.

18. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I dont think there is a need for 1080p. Its sort of overrated compared to 720p. The screen on the Note 2 is very very HD. The difference is small for the price of a new device even if this will be the year of the 1080p 5 inch devices. I rather wait till next year when something else gains focus beyond just a minor screen upgrade.

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