Formerly known as Research In Motion, BlackBerry announced last Wednesday its new BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 handsets. Both mobile devices run the latest Blackberry 10 mobile operating system, as the company tries to regain lost ground from Apple and Google.
Meet the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10
According to the phone manufacturer, the Z10 is their direct competitor against Apple’s iPhone. It boasts a 4.2-inch display with a 356-pixel per inch density. The same with iPhone, it sports an all-touchscreen design and physical keyboard.
However, BlackBerry also hopes to retain their devoted users who are attached to their tactile keyboards. Those users could take advantage of the QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Q10. Aside from the tactile keyboard, the handset also features a 3.1-inch touchscreen.
Both devices run BlackBerry 10, the company’s mobile OS that is designed to take on Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. The Z10 is now available in UK, and will be released in Canada and US on February 5 and March 2013 respectively. On the other, the BlackBerry Q10 is expected to be released on the first global carriers this April.
A Look Inside BlackBerry 10
Aside from presenting the Z10 and Q10, the company showed off their latest mobile OS during last Wednesday’s event. They presented that software’s applications that will provide connectivity with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Foursquare. Listed below are the BB10 features highlighted by the company:
- BlackBerry Hub: A single place to manage all conversations, BBM messages, social media updates or notifications.
- BlackBerry Flow: Enables features and apps to flow together. For example, tap on an attendee listed for a meeting to see their latest tweet or LinkedIn profile. Or tap the thumbnail of a picture to launch the Picture editor and quickly apply a transformation or filter.
- An adaptable virtual keyboard.
- BlackBerry Balance: Separates and secures work applications and data from personal content on BlackBerry devices.
- Time Shift: Captures a group shot where everyone is smiling with their eyes wide open.
- Story Maker: Bring a collection of photos and videos together, along with music and effects, to produce an HD movie.
- BlackBerry Remember: Combines memos, tasks and more into a single experience. It helps organize and manage information around projects or ideas, letting users collect content such as websites, emails, photos, documents, and other files, and then create tasks, assign due dates, and your progress.
Additionally, The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg was able to test BlackBerry’s latest handsets for about a week. According to him, the company could see resurgence in the smartphone market if it can bolster the number of available applications for the platform.