It has been a while since BlackBerry fans had any reasons to be excited but these past few months have provided a lot of hope. The long-awaited BlackBerry 10 finally had its official unveiling at the end of January and now the first of the US carriers has announced a release date for when you’ll be able to buy some of the new BlackBerry 10 phones. Yes, on March 22nd AT&T will release the BlackBerry Z10 for $200 with a new 2 year contract.
For those who don’t know, the Z10 is the all touchscreen BlackBerry 10 phone and has a 4.2 inch 720p HD screen, dual-core 1.5 GHZ processor with 2 GB of RAM (so things run quickly and without lagging or freezing), 16 GB of built-in storage (with a microSD card slot adding more), an 8 megapixel back camera and 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, NFC (so you can do things like share files or use your phone as a credit card just by tapping it), and 4G LTE support. The Z10 however lacks the hardware keyboard BlackBerry is known for, and if you want that you will need to wait a little longer for the Q10 which BlackBerry said back at their January event won’t be available until April in the US. For everything you need to know about the Z10, Q10 and BlackBerry 10 see our earlier post here.
Verizon and T-Mobile are also expected to launch the Z10 soon, though neither carrier has announced an exact release date for their versions (Verizon has said that their Z10 will also cost $200 with a new 2 year contract). We’ll of course keep you updated on that as we learn more.
While we liked what we saw in the Z10 when we checked it out a few months ago, it’s still hard for us to recommend it with great new phones like HTC’s new One due soon and Samsung’s big Galaxy S IV event on Thursday. Honestly with everything that’s about to go down in new phones we would strongly recommend waiting a little longer before upgrading and signing any new 2 year contract. But if you’re on AT&T and are set on getting the Z10 you can pre-order it now from AT&T.
Yesterday was BlackBerry’s big day, the day they finally unveiled BlackBerry 10 and the two new phones that it will run on, the all touchscreen BlackBerry Z10 and keyboard packing Q10. So what’s new here? Read on for everything you need to know about all the latest BlackBerrys.
As we get closer to Research In Motion’s big BlackBerry 10 unveiling in 15 days, more details have begun to leak out as to what we can expect in the new BlackBerry 10 phones. Over the last few days in particular we learned a lot about BlackBerry 10, so here’s the latest.
Sure 2012 is coming to a close but that doesn’t mean we can’t start thinking about 2013. One of the biggest things to look for in 2013 is the new BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry 10 has been the long-awaited update for BlackBerry users and by most guesses, is probably the last chance Research in Motion (the makers of BlackBerry) has to avoid being finally killed off by Android and the iPhone. While we still have about a month until the full, official BlackBerry 10 unveiling (Research In Motion is planning a big BlackBerry 10 launch event for January 30th), thanks to some recent online leaks we now finally can see some of the rumored new BlackBerry 10 hardware. Meet the BlackBerry Z10 and X10.
The BlackBerry Z10 is the new all touch BlackBerry 10 phone, and it is loaded with many of the specs you’d expect in a top phone. Rumors say it will have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM, a 4.2 inch HD screen, 4G LTE support, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage (with a microSD card slot for adding more), and an 8 megapixel back camera with a 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat.
The X10 is kinda like the BlackBerry 10 version of the Bold 9900, and we gotta say, it actually looks pretty nice. Not much is known on the specs of the X10 but from the leaks it does appear to have a large touchscreen with that famous BlackBerry keyboard underneath.
The X10 is expected to be released a few weeks after the all touch Z10, though since RIM hasn’t yet announced either device– meaning these are for now all just rumors for now and can change– we don’t yet know when either will be available or how much they will cost.
Software wise RIM has kept things equally close to the vest, though they have shown off some new BlackBerry 10 features over the last few months. They have even posted some videos online of cool new camera features like Time Shift– which takes the milliseconds before and after you take a picture and allows you to adjust the photo after you actually take it to get the perfect shot– as well as a new touch keyboard. There have been also been rumors suggesting updates to apps like BBM to let you be able to video chat with other BBM users which would make sense as today anyone with BBM on a BlackBerry 7 phone can make free voice calls to other BBM users with an app update.
With so much however still unknown about BlackBerry 10 it remains to be seen if it will convince anyone to stick with BlackBerry instead of going to an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone. We’ll of course have you covered on everything Research In Motion unveils at their BlackBerry 10 event on January 30th. In the meantime, what do you think of these new phones– do they make you want a BlackBerry 10 device to be your next phone, or is it too little too late and you’re going to go with something else instead?
Videos of the new keyboard and camera, as well as a couple more pictures of the Z10 and X10 (including a possible sighting of a BlackBerry 10 Curve– it’s the white phone next to the X10 and Z10), are after the break.