Introducing the BlackBerry Q10 and Z10

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So What¿s the Buzz About

The Canadian telecommunications company, Research In Motion, RIM, is well known for its BlackBerry mobile devices.

Earlier this year the company officially rebranded itself as BlackBerry. Simultaneously, BlackBerry finally launched its new BlackBerry 10 operating system, together with two new smartphones based on the new OS, the Q10 and the Z10.

BlackBerry is setting its hopes on the flagship Z10 model, which it expects to compete successfully with the rival Google Nexus 4 and Apple¿s iPhone 5. Judging by the specs put out by BlackBerry, these expectations seem to be well founded.

The Z10 has a 1.5GHz dual core processor and 2GB RAM and the device has a standard storage capacity of 16GB, but this can be increased if desired through the microSD card slot available. Other ports available on the Z10 include a microHDMI port to connect to a HDTV and a USB port.

The heart of any smartphone is undoubtedly the display screen and the Z10 doesn¿t disappoint in this regard. It has a 4.2-inch, 1280 x 768 resolution touch screen with a density of 356 ppi. As with just about all smartphones, the Z10 caters for video and still photography with an 8-megapixel, 1080p camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel, 780p camera facing the front.

The Q10, which will be released after the Z10, shares many of the features of the Z10, such as the dual core processor, the 16GB storage and 2GB RAM. It also has the same camera capabilities as the Z10.

The major difference between the Q10 and the Z10 is that the former has a physical QWERTY keyboard for input, which BlackBerry says is the widest that the company has ever produced. Sharing the front of the Q10 is a 3.1-inch square AMOLED touch screen with 720 x 720 pixel resolution.

With apps being of vital importance to modern smartphones, it¿s encouraging to see that BlackBerry expects over 70,000 apps to be available for the new devices by the time they are on sale, probably the highest number ever for a new operating system.

And speaking of availability, the situation regarding the BlackBerry Z10 is still unclear. As of the end of January, it was reported that the South African major mobile operators, Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and 8ta, will sell the devices, possibly as soon as early March. The keyboard equipped BlackBerry Q10 is set to be launched around the world in April this year.

So whether it¿s the Z10 or the keyboard equipped Q10 for you, you do not have to wait too long for the new BlackBerrys!

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