Blackberry Z10 Announced, Available in UK Tomorrow

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RIM have just officially revealed the Blackberry Z10, the first official phone to run the company’s new BB10 operating system. As the first device to run the new OS, RIM have made a pretty impressive device to make sure it runs smoothly, giving customers an experience to remember.

Specifications

  • 4.2-inch, 1280 x 768 display with 356 ppi
  • Dual core 1.5 GHz processor, with 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal storage, expandable with MicroSD cards up to 32 GB in size
  • User-replaceable 1800 mAh battery
  • 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, 2MP front camera with 720p video recording

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While the phone is impressive, it doesn’t set the world on fire. It’s a decent phone which will fit well into the market, however the main focus is on BB10, which is RIMs attempt at saving the Blackberry name.

Early reviews suggest that BB10 is better than expected, however most agree that it is still a couple of steps behind Android and iOS. Hopefully RIM will release regular updates throughout the year to help keep up with the competition, so that they don’t find themselves behind like they have done in the past.

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RIM also face the problem of applications, which is a section of the mobile market they still don’t exactly thrive in. However, provided this device sells reasonably well, developers should start to release their apps on this platform as well.

In a rare twist, the UK will get the phone 2 months before the America. The US won’t get the Blackberry z10 until March, whereas us Brits can purchase it as soon as tomorrow.

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  • DarthDiggler

    “RIM also face the problem of applications, which is a section of the mobile market they still don’t exactly thrive in. However, provided this device sells reasonably well, developers should start to release their apps on this platform as well.”

    RIM will have 70,000 BB10 applications from launch (biggest mobile app selection available at launch with a smart phone).

    They have all the major players including Skype and Kindle.

    You should really update this article to reflect that. It was mentioned in the press event this morning and there has been news about RIM’s port-a-thons going for weeks now. Developers have been impressed with BB10′s API and the ease of development. The Android runtime is available in BB10 which allows for quick and easy ports to the platform from Droid (or even iOS).

    Suggesting RIM has a problem with applications at this point really raises eyebrows and suggests that you haven’t been paying attention lately. :)

    • Sam Johnson

      Yes, I’m aware of the 70,000 stat. However reviews today, such as the one by The Verge, have said that the platform is still lacking in good apps. They have some of the main developers on board, however it’s still not the platform to use if you are really into apps.

    • Sam Johnson

      I’m aware of the 70,000 applications, but early reviews, like the one by The Verge, suggest that there are still very few apps available for the OS which are worthwhile, other than a couple of big names like the main social networks.