Blackberry recently launched two new BlackBerry 10 devices, Blackberry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10. The Z10 is a full touchscreen device, just like the iPhone, whereas the Q10 comes with a hardware qwerty keyboard that the BB brand is popular for.
The Z10 has gone on sale in U.K., and it is supposedly selling really well, and if it is selling well, it must be good, right? The Z10 is targeted towards the consumer market and has many features that will attract consumers as well as enterprise customers, but then nothing beats a hardware qwerty keyboard. The smartphone market is flooded with touchscreen devices and there’s a scarcity of good qwerty devices. BB 10 has great on screen keyboard with good prediction capability, but again, nothing beats a hardware qwerty keyboard. The Canadian smartphone major, for some reason, has decided not to put the Q10 on sale right away.
In a recent interview with the Associated Press, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said that the handset will land stateside 8 to 10 weeks after the BlackBerry Z10 launch. We know that BB Z10 will be coming to U.S. carriers in mid-March, so if we go by Heins’ word, we can expect the Q10 to launch somewhere in mid-May of 2013, which is over 3 months from now.
BB is surely losing on a precious market as there is a lot of demand for qwerty devices and Q10 would be a great option for all as BB10 has got lot more to offer than previous generation of BB devices. Nobody’s sure what’s holding the company back from launching the device. It may have to do with carrier testing, or some manufacturing issues. Also, we cannot rule out the issue of app availability. There are 70k apps available in BlackBerry World and not all will run on Q10 without any modifications. The problem is that RIM distributed the alpha developer’s handset to the developers and that device was similar to the Z10, which means all the present apps are optimized for Z10, and hence majority of the 70,000 apps won’t be supported by qwerty equipped Q10 out of the box. The touch-only Z10 will have a 16:9 display with a 1280×768 pixel resolution, quite different from the Q10′s 1:1 display at 720×720 pixels.
Here’s a brief spec sheet of BlackBerry Q10
• Display: 3.1-inch 720×720 pixels
• Processor: TI OMAP 1.5GHz dual-core
• Memory: 2GB RAM
• WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4/5GHz
• GPS: Assisted, Autonomous, and Simultaneous GPS
• Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
• Connectivity: NFC, microUSB , microHDMI-Out, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
BB will soon release the SDK for the Q10 and I hope all the apps are optimized to run on the device at the time of launch. Also, BB will be launching four more BB10 devices this year which will also cover mid-range smartphone category. It should be noted that Z10 wasn’t launched in Indonesia due to the reason that it won’t be sold in good numbers due to the price tag, despite the fact that BB is one of the most beloved smartphone brand over there.
via: ABC News