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BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 Unveiled: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 16:10 [IST]
 
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BlackBerry Hurray! After prolonged delays, RIM as assured held a press conference on Wednesday to take the wraps off BlackBerry 10 and a pair of new smartphones. According to the company press release, BlackBerry 10 is a "re-designed, re-engineered, and re-invented BlackBerry platform."

Apart from the introduction of BlackBerry 10 OS and the launch of two smartphones based on it - Z10 and Q10 - the company also rebranded itself from Research in Motion (RIM) to BlackBerry.

BlackBerry Z10 and Q10

Speaking of the two smartphones, the handsets are elegant, distinctive and fast - overall the most advanced BlackBerry smartphones launched ever, claims the company press release. While many of you would be hovering over to buy one of two handsets, in the slideshow below Gizbot has listed few goods and misses based on specifications of the new models. Lets have at look!

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Bad – Display & Weight

Z10 packs a 4.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution and Q10 houses a 3.1 inch display with 720 x 720 pixel resolution and a full QWERTY keyboard. Z10 weight is unknown for the time being, however, Q10 is small round and bulky at 139 gms.

Well, Blackberry might be boasting that both the handsets are palm friendly but at the same time the new models, Z10 and Q10 are much smaller than many new Android screens which are shifting to big 5 inch screens, especially required for business and media purposes.

Ugly – Processor

Both the handsets have a 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 dual-core  under their hood. Unfortunately, the dual core processors also put Z10 and Q10 behind the quad core chips already present in the other high end smartphones launched in 2013 recently.

Whatever may be the case, a verdict on processor power can only be given after benchmark tests and their results.

Good – Operating System

Z10 and Q10 are based on the newly launched BlackBerry 10 platform with features including BlackBerry Flow, improved BBM with Peek feature, BlackBerry Hub with unified inbox, pre-installed productivity apps including Evernote, Docs To Go, Dropbox, impressive predictive typing tool and more.

Good – Camera

Again both the handsets Z10 and Q10 have similar camera specs, which is, 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, alike several Android handsets.

But at the same time, the front-Facing camera has 3X digital zoom accompanied with other regular features including LED Flash, Auto focus, 5X Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Video Recording Capability- 1080p HD Video Recording Capability @ 30fps, 1920×1080 pixels, 720p HD Video Calling on Front-Facing camera.

Bad – Storage

In this segment, Z10 and Q10 have 16GB internal storage variant only accompanied with 2GB RAM. Well BB needs to work on this more, as in an era when all the high end smartphones are coming with 8GB/16GB/32GB and even 64GB internal memory storage, Z10 and Q10 are not justifiable with only 16GB memory capacity, particularily when they are positioned as business smartphones.


Just the balancing part is that the smartphones do have a micro SD card slot for expandable storage support up to 32GB.

Good – Connectivity

With the newly launched Z10 and Q10, Blackberry has made sure that the company's successor handsets compete well with the Apple iPhones offerings. As both the handsets come equipped with all those features which are missing in an iPhone 5.
Like a micro HDMI port for connecting television or any other device including extra adapters along with NFC, 4G LTE, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Good – Battery

The best part is both the handsets batteries are removable and are claimed to provide decent backup with 1,800 mAh battery. But still the performance can only be assured after tech expert reviews and batter backup tests.

Good – Accessories

Besides the smartphones and new operating system, BlackBerry has also launched a range of accessories for the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones including the new BlackBerry Mini Stereo Speaker, a variety of charging solutions including a unique charger that provides on-the-go charging. The charger will be launched on selected carriers only.

Price & Availability

As of now, the pricing and availability of BlackBerry Z10 is announced in regions including UK, Canada and UAE.

In Canada, Z10 will be priced around $149.99 on a 3 year contract and will be available starting from February 5, 2013. In UAE, the handset will be priced around AED 2,599 and will be available from February 10, 2013.

In UK, BlackBerry Z10 is available from today on monthly contracts and pre-pay plans from carriers including EE, O2, Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse, BT and 3UK.

When it comes to US market, the handset will be available in March, however, the pre-registration process started immediately after the launch. When it comes to Q10, the handset's pricing and availability will be announced later and it will be released in April 2013.

Lastly, information on Indian pricing, it can be estimated that the handsets Z10 and Q10 will cost around Rs 38000 to Rs 40000. Which is quite expensive looking at the features and specifications present in the duo smartphones. To sum it all, interested buyers will only be paying to experience the vantages of the newly launched OS platform - BB10.

Meanwhile, both the handsets will be available in Black and White color options.

Story first published:  Thursday, January 31, 2013, 13:25 [IST]
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