Today was RIM’s big day: the official launch, after an eighteen month drought, of new BlackBerry phones running the new BlackBerry 10 OS.
The company started the event with an interesting announcement: instead of being called RIM, the Canadian company was permanently and completely changing its name to BlackBerry. That’ll no doubt eliminate confusion in the marketplace, but it marks a potentially ignoble end to what has been one of the most successful and pioneering names in the smartphone business. With that name change out of the way, CEO Thorsten Heins moved on to showing off the company’s new BlackBerry handsets: the Z10 and the Q10.
The Z10 is the one that we’ve seen before and expected to see today. It’s a touch-screen only model, with a 1280 x 768 4.2-inch display dominating the wedge-ended chassis. Inside, there’s a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage that can be increased via micro SD for an extra 32 GB at best. The phone also includes an 8 megapixel camera on the rear and a standard front-facer too, which is surprising given BlackBerry’s new found focus on photography. The Z10 is about as powerful as Android flagships about 18 months ago, but still represents a much smaller gap between Android and BlackBerry than had previous existed. As the phone was leaked so completely and so long ago, there are already a number of BlackBerry Z10 cases and other Z10 accessories.
The Q10 is the person who we hadn’t heard about earlier than, however makes excellent experience now that it can be introduced. It is a cellphone with a QWERTY hardware keyboard within the conventional BlackBerry type, augmented with the identical rapid internals because the the Z10. Under that keyboard is a sq. 720 x 720 three.1-inch show. The again of the telephone is slightly fascinating, product of a tumbler weave subject material that reportedly feels actual excellent within the hand. Whereas the telephone hasn’t but had a unencumber date introduced and even pricing data, it most definitely will not arrive an excessive amount of later than the Z10.
Each telephones are operating BlackBerry 10, after all. The brand new OS has quite a few new tips up its sleeve, from pictures magic that fixes individuals blinking thru compositing more than one photographs to a redesigned device keyboard that appears stunningly efficient. The entire OS used to be reasonably commendable, with a house-button free model of navigating that used to be carried out by way of swipes: swipe up from the underside to multi-activity; swipe from the left to the correct to peer your notifications. BlackBerry Messenger used to be additionally upgraded with a number of new options, together with video calling and display sharing – beautiful cool to peer the latter on a smartphone app. Whereas there wasn’t one killer software, as a minimum BlackBerry have accomplished reasonably smartly to deliver well-liked video games from different systems to their provider.
I used to be impressed with the BlackBerry 10 experience; I went in somewhat keen to snigger at the entire little awkward pauses in dialog however I’ve acquired to confess that I was once a little bit excited by using the top. Whereas BlackBerry 10 is not going to but energy a tool on my want-checklist, I am prepared to present them a are trying for the precise value. BlackBerry might be hoping that their core demographics of teenagers and trade individuals will probably be extra the provide; if they don’t seem to be engaged then BlackBerry will doubtless disappear from the cell market ceaselessly. However supply them this a lot credit score – they are no longer lifeless but.