Newly announced BlackBerry Z10 on sale tomorrow, Q10 coming in April

Newly announced BlackBerry Z10 on sale tomorrow, Q10 coming in AprilBlackBerry has finally officially breathed life into its Z10 and Q10 BlackBerry 10 smartphones, the pair of devices tasked with introducing the all-new platform to the public for the first time.

They've already been widely leaked (particularly the all-touch Z10), which partly explained why the BlackBerry 10 launch event today focused mainly on the platform itself, rather than the debut pair of phones.

But the other reason is that with existing BlackBerry devices having been stuck on BlackBerry OS 7 for so long, so many of the key features of the Z10 and Q10 are tied into intrinsic elements of BB10 itself.

The Z10 – clearly the premier of the two new faces – has zero physical buttons on the front surface (the trio of multimedia buttons is down the side while the standby/hold button is on top). That speaks to the heavily swipe and gesture-based BB10 interface.

Other core features include a 4.2in WXGA screen (giving you a 356ppi pixel density), a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, plus a microSD card slot for adding more.

The BlackBerry Z10 is 4G-capable (including 4G hotspot capability) and also supports NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and the usual Wi-Fi standards. Wired connectivity is covered by microUSB, microHDMI and a standard 3.5mm audio port.

Camera-wise, you're given an 8MP unit round the back with LED flash, which can also shoot 1080p video, plus a 2MP camera on the front capable of 720p video.

Battery life is a moderate 1,800mAh, but early indications from some of the reviews we've seen suggest heavy users will be charging their BlackBerry Z10 pretty frequently. The official figures claim 10 hours of 3G talktime and 305 hours on standby.

The good news for BlackBerry fans who've been waiting all this time for the Z10 to finally appear is that you'll be able to get your hands on one across the UK from tomorrow. All the leading networks will be carrying the Z10 on contract, with the handset likely to come free on deals starting around the £30 mark (for two years, naturally). The deals were still being made available at the time of writing, so best to double-check yourself, though we'll give you a more complete guide to getting your hands on a BlackBerry Z10 tomorrow.

That was the good news from the BlackBerry announcement today, but the bad news is that the Q10 (the QWERTY-packing BB10 handset we previously thought would be called the X10) will only be available in April, bringing with it a 3.1in screen with a 720 x 720-pixel resolution (working out at an impressive 339ppi).

It seems all you hardcore BlackBerry Bold users will either have to persist for another few months (and deal with the prospect of switching to a straight-row keyboard layout), or cave to the lure of the full-touch Z10 for more immediate satisfaction.

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Pondlife  Jan. 30, 2013 at 17:13

That's quite a price drop from the £47/m tariff seen on vodafone the other day.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 30, 2013 at 18:24

That is bad. One phone now. The next one AFTER MWC? And in the USA nothing until March? Ouch! They should have invited Mike Tyson on stage and then tell him he talks funny...

smecky01  Jan. 30, 2013 at 18:30

That is bad. One phone now. The next one AFTER MWC? And in the USA nothing until March? Ouch! They should have invited Mike Tyson on stage and then tell him he talks funny...

Still better than one per year (like the iPhone) and better than one every day (like Samsung) :P
Seems like a decent offering for the time being. I'm trying to stay positive with BB, it's not like they're going to take over the mobile phone market, but if they make a few waves then it's ok :)

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 30, 2013 at 18:36

That is bad. One phone now. The next one AFTER MWC? And in the USA nothing until March? Ouch! They should have invited Mike Tyson on stage and then tell him he talks funny...

Still better than one per year (like the iPhone) and better than one every day (like Samsung) :P
Seems like a decent offering for the time being. I'm trying to stay positive with BB, it's not like they're going to take over the mobile phone market, but if they make a few waves then it's ok :)

Absolutely. It IS a new OS, and I understand 'pacing'... but they are not Samsung toying with Bada or Tizen. This is make or break.
Dissing the USA is quite daring, also - the US tech-bloggospherians are a very self-important Android/iOS-loving breed. Come MWC they will have plenty of excuses to call the Z10 "too little, too late". Oh, wait: that is what they were all saying today at 4PM, GMT.

smecky01  Jan. 30, 2013 at 18:59

Oh I definitely agree with the point you make, they could have had more ready for the big release. It's not like they haven't had plenty of time.
As you said, leaving the US out for the time being could really hurt them, but I don't think they're as bothered about this news as the UK is. Plus RIM being Canadian, the move doesn't really surprise me.
Who knows, if the Z10 is successful here, then the waiting time may be the perfect opportunity for RIM to hype up the launch before the US release date. Get them excited about it... Or it could completely backfire like you say :) only time will tell.

smecky01  Jan. 30, 2013 at 19:04

Just as a side note, I see phones4u are offering a 64GB Playbook with the first 250 orders of a Z10, which is free starting on £36 a month contracts. Unlimited Calls and Texts with 1GB data on O2.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 30, 2013 at 19:35

Not bad

Stelph  Jan. 30, 2013 at 19:54

I like Blackberrys decision on the phones, they mentioned in the Q&A that they were planning to stick with a 4" and 3.1" screen phone for a god while, meaning that developers can easily ensure they apps fit the screens correctly, helping keep away from the fragmentation issues that you see with Android. Other that speciality phones like maybe a hard wearing/waterproof one what else would you need after all? Less confusing for customers

Also pleased to see the confirmation that the play book will get BB10, tho no timeline on it :(

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 30, 2013 at 20:10

Stelph... oh Stelph. It's not fragmentation, maaaan; it's "differentiation"! It's good. Great even. Like: choice! ;) :p

Stelph  Jan. 30, 2013 at 20:56

ha well whatever its cslled, if it results in a 10" screen with 50% wasted space, you csn keep android thanks :)

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 30, 2013 at 22:34

Agree. Android 2.0 was supposed to fix it for good - all apps for all resolutions ... Pffft

Pondlife  Jan. 30, 2013 at 22:55

Just as a side note, I see phones4u are offering a 64GB Playbook with the first 250 orders of a Z10, which is free starting on £36 a month contracts. Unlimited Calls and Texts with 1GB data on O2.

Thought data went through bb servers rather than networks?

IndianaBlues  Jan. 31, 2013 at 10:17

Just as a side note, I see phones4u are offering a 64GB Playbook with the first 250 orders of a Z10, which is free starting on £36 a month contracts. Unlimited Calls and Texts with 1GB data on O2.

Thought data went through bb servers rather than networks?


I think BB10 moves away from that, certainly the BBC article on BB10 yesterday (before the launch) said they were losing the additional revenue stream from it under BB10...

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 31, 2013 at 11:23

Regardless, you still need a data add-on with O2. They switch sockets: for BB services you use BIS/BES but if an app wants proper internet APN, you use O2's default. Works alright here in Ireland.

As to BB's revenues - I haven't heard about plans to stop serverside compression. That'd be mad...

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