Since there is a lot of information I’d like to cover, I’m going to be dividing my BlackBerry 10 analysis in to 3 parts. I’m going to start with the hardware, then move on to the software, and lastly, sum everything up in a conclusion with pricing and availability information. I have been very excited about this launch and there is a lot I’d like to say.
Now let’s get on with it. PART 1: THE HARDWARE CHRONICLES
BlackBerry announced they would be releasing two phones with the new operating system. There would be an iPhone-esque slate device named the Z10, and an updated QWERTY Bold-esque device called the Q10. Both phones are updated with similar internals but are obviously aimed at different audiences.
A) The Z10:
This phone was the main focal point of the launch event, and seems to be the Canadian chosen one for facing off with the evil Android and Apple empire. The device sports a 4.2 inch 128o x 768 display at 356PPI. The screen has more pixels per inch than the iPhone’s retina display, which clocks in at 326PPI. The overall dimensions are 5.12 inches high, 2.58 inches wide, and .35 inches thick weighing .3lbs, making it fairly thin and light.
Cameras are present on both the front and back of the device, as one would guess from a modern smartphone. The front camera is 2 megapixels capable of shooting 720P video, while the back camera is an 8 megapixel sensor that can record 1080P. The camera quality is very average and while it gets the job done, it’s definitely nothing to write home about.
The rest of the internals of the phone aren’t anything spectacular either. It’s packing an OMAP 4470 1.5 GHZ dual core processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB onboard storage (upgradable via MicroSD to 48 total with 32GB card). Even with these mid range specs, the phone is perfectly smooth according to reports. The phone is powered by an 1800 mAh battery which provides subpar performance. However, the conservative design of the phone includes a removable back, so you can hotswap batteries if you run out of power during the day.
B) The Q10:
This is the phone a lot of Blackberry loyalists were looking forward to. The phone resembled the classic BlackBerry Bold devices with a square screen and a full QWERTY portrait hardware keyboard.
For the most part, all of the internals are the same. The processor, ram, battery, cameras, etc. All those should be the same components used in the Z10. Where the big difference comes is the Keyboard and as a result, the screen. The Q10 has a 3.1 inch 720 x 720 pixel display with a density of 330PPI, which STILL beats out the iPhone 5 density. The screen is a capacitive touchscreen as well so you get access to the new UI.
The killer part of this phone is the return of the hardware keyboard. Many BlackBerry fans only gave up their precious device because iPhones were newer and had the apps. They went kicking and screaming and always missing their hardware keyboard. I feel like this is going to be a huge selling factor for most people. No other specs about the dimensions have been released but I would expect it to be fairly thin, if only a bit thicker than the Z10 to account for the keyboard internals.
C) The PlayBook(s)
That’s right! It was announced that the Playbook tablets would all be upgraded to OS 10. This is great because a lot of the new features are based on existing PlayBook software, just enhanced. It wouldn’t make any sense for these tablets to be left out in a rain from a system they are obviously capable of running.
So there’s a quick look at the new Blackberry hardware offerings. One slab phone, one QWERTY phone, one tablet. I called it.
Stay tuned for part 2 and 3 later today.
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