RIM has been struggling to keep its hold on the market with Android and iPhone offering better devices, more apps and a decidedly cooler experience. Their Blackberry handsets could be seen in every executive’s hands but not any more. Research In Motion went back to the drawing board in an attempt to reinvigorate their sluggish sales and their concentrated efforts gave birth to the Android\iPhone clone Z10 and the familiar looking Q10.
The Z10 is a sexy beast of a phone, reminding one of the reborn Motorola RAZR line. It packs 1280 x 768 pixels in a 4.2 inch screen, 2GB of RAM, a dual-core 4470 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of on board storage, LTE, WiFi, NFC, an 8 megapixel backside camera, 2 megapixel front facing camera and is capable of up to 1080p video recording. It’s also the first full touchscreen Blackberry minus the famous keyboard.
Verizon is the only carrier announcing pricing for the Z10 – $200 on a two-year contract. AT&T is sure to announce pricing soon and probably also right at that magical $200 mark. U.K. Blackberry lovers will be able to snag one up tomorrow but U.S. folks will have to wait until March.
Blackberry also wanted to keep the keyboard jockeys happy with their Q10, hit the break for details on that bad boy…
The Q10 (Quen?) keeps the QWERTY keyboard but also stuffs in a 1.5GHZ processor, 2GB of RAM(expanded with the MicroSD slot) and an AMOLED 3.1 inch 720 x 720 display. Along for the ride is the standard 8 megapixel front side camera and a 2 megapixel backside camera.
The newest Blackberry will launch sometime in April, carriers and pricing are to be determined.