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

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.

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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  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
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  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

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

2. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Goodluck BB

3. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Good luck Blackberry :)

6. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 2009

Yes good luck to them

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

11. CardiWPfan

Posts: 129; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I absolutely concur with your sentiments.

35. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Who cares about a bezel.

5. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 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.

7. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 2009

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

13. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 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.

27. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

I tried the iphone out yesterday and hated'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

36. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 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.

37. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

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

45. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Real multitasking only works great on Android devices. Just try to run live splitscreen or a video on top of another app in iOS

64. No_Nonsense unregistered

Except fot the fact that BB10, MeeGo, Symbian are better at multi-tasking (real) than Android.

65. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Ahhh, MeeGo? Symbian? Are we going back to the stoneage? Regarding BB10 I can not say anything, because I have not had the opportunity to play with it yet. But as far as the BB10 YouTube movies show, I haven't seen any demo of the split-screen with two apps running nor a video running on top of an app though.

66. No_Nonsense unregistered

Going back to the stone age comment makes no sense when the fact that both of these OSes have their fans and people USE the phones. Come and tell Android is best at multi-tasking when it doesn't lag or freeze while running 8 apps. "Video running top of an app", so tell me do you watch a video while playing angry birds or temple run or running whatever app you are on. Get real man.

67. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

You're right about the fact people are using those OSes but there are also people still using monochrome displays on their phones and txt sms ;) For those iOS is the right choise as those people like to keep it safe (like in the past we used to use it). I think it's perfect for older people ;) Regarding the multi-tasking you've got to ask yourself on which device would you run 8 apps simultaniously. But non the less if you follow the link, you'll see that running 4 LIVE VIDEOS will run simultaneously on the Note 2 running Android. (starting at approx. 4:00") And I can confirm the Note 2 runs VERY smooth with Android. It's just no match for any other OS at this time.

14. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 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.

29. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

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

47. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 2009

lolz. nice comment lolz but seriousness when i looked at the press conference today i was impressed actually blackberry showed me more than i expected. all in all they pulled out everything they could do with BB hub bbm and bb10os. Tech wise pretty average but there OS might get some people to get it but i believe that obviously bb users will get this before people consider switching. hope they do well like i said in a post earlire

48. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 2009

i am gonna try this for like about a month once it comes out and see how it performs cause i have a good amount of friends and cousins who use blackberry and are going to get this

15. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

20. picka_vi_materina

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 21, 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?

22. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 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?

24. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 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

28. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

30. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 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 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

38. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

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.

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