Meet the new BlackBerrys

Here they are, the first two devices running BlackBerry 10. The Z10 is an all-touch affair, while the Q10 offers a touch screen and a Qwerty keyboard. Both are premium devices.

The BlackBerry Z10

The BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry 10, the cornerstone of the turnaround strategy of the company known until Wednesday as Research in Motion, has landed. And along with it are two brand new BlackBerry devices, a touch-screen model, the Z10, and a hybrid keyboard and touch version, the Q10.

The Z10 is expected to go on sale in South Africa within weeks — Telkom’s 8ta has said it will begin offering the device on 1 March — and the Q10, which is a clear successor to the BlackBerry Bold, will go on sale in April.

Neither device will offer BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS), the flat-rate Internet packages that have helped make the brand popular in South Africa and other emerging markets. But they do pack in some serious hardware, which could help BlackBerry regain lost ground to high-end Android devices as well as Apple’s iPhone, especially in developed markets.

Let’s take a look at the Z10 first.

It packs in a dual-core 1,5GHz processor and a generous 2GB of RAM. It has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera that can shoot 1080p video, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a four-point multi-touch LCD display.

The screen is 4,2 inches in size — slightly larger than the current-generation iPhone — sporting a resolution of 1 280×768 pixels for a pixel density of 356ppi. It has a 1 800mAh removable battery and hot-swappable microSD slot. There’s GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, an accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope and ambient light sensor.

BlackBerry Q10

The BlackBerry Q10

3G and 4G models will be available. The 3G version of the Z10 will be available from all of South Africa’s mobile operators, while the 4G version will come only to some of them.

Now to the Q10. Like the Z10, BlackBerry’s new Qwerty phone also has a dual-core 1,5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There’s also an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel one for Skype and vanity shots.

The screen is a little smaller to allow for the keyboard – it has a 3,1-inch 720×720-pixel Amoled display for a pixel density of 328ppi.

It features an edge-to-edge glass screen and, like the Z10, is available in both 3G and 4G versions.

BlackBerry has yet to announce pricing for either product in South Africa.  — (c) 2013 NewsCentral Media

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  • Eskills

    no BIS? this sad, RIM will soon realize that its popularity is based solely on the BIS in the African markey

  • Nictron

    You can now get 500 MB for R45 from Cell C. That is way more than what the average BIS user consumes.

    I do not think this is a big deal, users should just ensure that they have caps on their data.

    The reason BIS is dropped is because the BB 10 will consume much more data than previous generation phones. BB might still zero rate BBM traffic and possibly corporate BES EMail traffic to stay relevant.

    The real damage was done by some users who abused the system. The fact that you now use the average internet APN will actualy improve BB experience.

    I am seriously considering BB 10 but still leaning towards WP8 Lumia 920? I might go with BB10 just because I will have the Windows experience on my Dell XPS 12.

    Decisions, decisions!

  • Soorae

    Any news on the apps that will be available ? heard there were 70,000 apps. Where can we check this out /

  • Greg Mahlknecht

    You can find the info in reviews around the net – That 70,000 figure is a bit of a con. Of the 70,000 only 1,000 are apps specifically written for BB10. 25,000 are apps ported straight from the playbook and as a result many are nigh on unusable because they don’t scale the UI. There is also a massive portion that are straight Android ports, as BB10 has the ability to run Android (2.3) apps (you just upload the android app to BB’s service and it does the necessary conversions). The reviews have not been kind to these apps.

  • Jaco Smit

    Will it run Android or the new Ubuntu? :p

  • Soorae

    Thanks that settles it. I am going to get the Iphone 5. Both are good but the apps give the Iphone the extra edge.

  • Greg Mahlknecht

    That in a nutshell is the problem with the new BB10 – it’s a direct competitor to the Galaxy S3, iPhone5 and Lumia 920 now – all of which you can safely buy and know you’re probably going to be happy with them. Those are 3 great phones on mature platforms (I’d argue iOS is a little TOO mature, but that’s another discussion :) ) and I reckon it’ll take 6+ months for BB10 to get market traction, if it ever does.

  • capeleopard

    I wouldn’t trade my iPhone 5 for the touchscreen model, but am tempted by the Q10 – quite nostalgic about physical keyboards.

  • Taffy

    “Vanity shot”. Is that the politically correct term for “Duck Face”?

  • Jan Mare

    No BIS, no Blackberry 10, Bye Blackberry 10

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