“Research In Motion, now officially called “BlackBerry Limited” after its famous devices, finally unveiled its two new smartphones to run the brand new BlackBerry 10 operating system that was built to help the Canadian company rise up against Apple and Samsung.”
The new BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 were presented to the public for the first time in New York on Wednesday. The BlackBerry Z10 is an all-touchscreen smartphone while the Q10 is the company’s physical QWERTY keyboard phone. Faithful BlackBerry users can choose whether to try out the new touchscreen phone or stay with the traditional QWERTY phone with the new OS. The Q10’s screen, despite its small size, is also touchscreen.
As mentioned earlier, the new phones have the BlackBerry 10 OS which is designed for one-thumb use. For the later months of 2012, BlackBerry toured around the country to promote the new operating system.
The Z10 is the BlackBerry device that will challenge the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3 in the market for touchscreen smartphones. It has a 4.2-inch display with a resolution of 1280 by 768 pixels. Having 356 pixels per inch, it offers better resolution than the iPhone 5. It has a strong 2GB RAM, a dual core 1.5 GHz processor and 16GB of storage. The storage is expandable through the microSD slot. The camera at the back offers 8 megapixels while the front camera offers 2 megapixels. The Z10 also has an NFC chip and 4G LTE.
The new phone is heavier than the iPhone 5. The former weighs 136 grams while the iPhone 5 weighs 112 grams. Its weight is closer to that of the Galaxy S3 (133 grams), though.
Old BlackBerry users will feel more at home with the Q10, which comes with the traditional QWERTY keyboard. Its screen, however, is a touchscreen display. It also sports a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor just like the Q10. It has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. The screen is just 3.1 inches with a 330 pixel density, so it is still high-resolution.
The BlackBerry Future
Many are now asking themselves whether or not these new smartphones will be valuable enough to uphold and save the company from eventual death. The question is, will the Z10 and the Q10 be good enough to attract people to buy them? What will make consumers choose the two new BlackBerry phones rather than the iPhone 5, the Galaxy Note 2 or even the Nexus 4?
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