BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 officially announced: specs, price and availability

by: David GilsonJanuary 30, 2013


Blackberry, formally known as Research In Motion (RIM), announced today its much anticipated BlackBerry 10 operating system in a press even that was streamed on the Internet. RIM claims that its Blackberry operating system has been “Re-designed. Re-engineered. Re-invented”, as it announced two devices the Z10 and Q10 that are sporting BB 10 on which the Canadian company’s hopes are so urgently pinned on. Here are the facts fresh from the stream, let’s see how well it compares to our first look.

The Blackberry 10 release has suffered delays, and is seen by most in the industry as a last-ditch attempt to keep the once enterprise-focused smartphone platform afloat. Blackberry has seen numerous setbacks in recent years. It’s much valued end-to-end encryption of email and its proprietary Blackberry Messenger (BBM) system were seen as being compromised when the company had to comply with draconian demands for access by Middle Eastern governments. Further to that, the Blackberry name was on the tips of many in the UK after the London riots where it was claimed that young rioters had used the BBM system to coordinate criminal activities.

The new Blackberry operating system is a complete makeover of the old OS, which was largely based on candy bar form factor devices with front facing full QWERTY keyboards. Whereas the new devices are touch slabs, as has become standard by every other smartphone manufacturer.


Early looks at the new operating system suggests it’s a completely touch-based OS, and a cursory look at the new operating system seems to borrow elements from from existing mobile user interfaces. For example the ‘Flow’ feature for swiping between different applications is reminiscent of WebOS and MeeGo Harmattan, while the emphasis on tasks rather than apps and the social and contact Hub is very much like what is seen in Windows Phone.

The new operating system may be enough to retain existing users, to whom the new touch interface will be new and fresh. However, RIM needs to introduce a new unique innovation that might tempt users away from Android and iOS.

CEO, Thorsten Hines, emphasised productivity and business, and alluded to true multitasking and mobile computing.

Two devices were announced, the Z10 and Q10. The flagship Blackberry Z10 is a 4.2-inch touch slab device sporting an 8MP camera. The Blackberry Q10 is essentially the same device as the Z10, but equipped with a 3.1-inch AMOLED screen and full physical keyboard, as demanded by Blackberry customers and supporters.

Blackberry say that its new devices will ultimately be available via 650 global carriers.

BlackBerry Z10


  • 1.5GHz dual-core CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 4.2-inch 1280 x 768, 356 ppi, LCD screen
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n dual-band
  • Camera, 8MP autofocus. LED Flash
  • Front Camera, 2MP, 720p, 30fps.
  • Battery: Li-Ion 1800 mAh

Blackberry’s CEO, Thorosten Hines, stated the following availability details for the Z10, as the company is lab testing the Z10 with 110 carriers globally.

  • USA – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile announce pre-orders and price plans today
  • UK – Available tomorrow from EE, O2, Phones4U, and more.
  • Canada – February 5 retails $149.99 on 3-year contract
  • UAE – February 10

BlackBerry Q10


The Q10 is essentially the same device as the Z10, but is restructured to accommodate a full QWERTY keyboard – a feature much loved by Blackberry fans. The differences to the Z10 specifications are as follows:

  • 3.1-inch AMOLED screen
  • Biggest battery in a BlackBerry smartphone (according to an official video, but size not confirmed)
  • Physical QWERTY keyboard
  • Glass weave body for strength and weight reduction.

No availability details were announced by Blackberry for the Q10 during the media event.

  • Brian Perry

    I hope they licensed the rounded corners from Apple.

    • 1ceTr0n

      Enough of that dead horse of a joke…..

      • f1reTr0n

        Dead horse? Sh!t is still in headline news every day. Applefanfag!

  • ‘Still wondering why pixels are misdirected away from a device that is supposed obey me and let my underlings read my lips and or my body language as they address my concerns while holding devices in the field. 1080p would let me check their faces for pulsing arteries, eye contact, involuntary flinches. 2160p would let me view 4 HDTVs on my 4xHDTV screen. Tell me why going from 5-8 Mp pointed away from the user makes more sense than going from 1-4 Mp on the camera(s) pointed at the user.

    Unless and until management has enough pixels to read ‘body language’ during video conferences, user facing cameras and will need more pixels. If we were constrained by communication bandwidth, temporarily accepting Bear Scat statements like ‘A decision maker can only handle 5 bytes per second’ would make sense.

  • Nikhil Rathi

    Nexus 4 on the title picture of this article…lol

    • Jack

      Its there for the size comparison

  • Ugly

  • kamaya

    I’d take the old Blackberry Bold over Q10 any day. Q10 didn’t looks elegant at all. Looks like for techies than business user.

  • Mitthrawn

    The company is called just blackberry now. It’s no longer Research In Motion.