Hands on with the first BlackBerry 10 handset: The Z10 in photos

Hands on with the first BlackBerry 10 handset: The Z10 in photos

Summary: BlackBerry 10 has officially launched, so ZDNet went hands-on with one of the first handsets off the production line to see what it has to offer.

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  • Research In Motion, now called simply 'BlackBerry', has finally announced details of its first BlackBerry 10 handset, the 4G-capable BlackBerry Z10.

    The device is the first to use the new BlackBerry 10 OS based around the concepts of Hub, Flow and Peek, and signals BlackBerry's ambition to take on rival headline-dominating handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 or iPhone.

    The Z10's core specs include a 4.2-inch 4-point multi-touch display with a 1280 x 768 pixel resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be augmented by an additional 32GB with a microSD card.

    While the device is clearly aimed at traditional BlackBerry users, BlackBerry also knows it needs to appeal to consumers too (including the Bring Your Own Device crowd). It's covering both input bases: the Z10 will come with a touchscreen, and a Qwerty and touchscreen equipped model (also announced on Wednesday) to be released in the near future.

    The Z10's lock screen, which shows notification updates on the left-hand side without the need to unlock the device, is shown above.

  • Other key specs include an 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus, capable of capturing 1080p HD footage and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera with digital zoom that can capture stills and 720p video footage.

    If you're a 4G customer, the phone will also happily support 4G LTE in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2.1GHz bands. In the UK, the 800MHz and 1800MHz frequencies are used for 4G, as is 2.6GHz — although the latter is not supported by the Z10. In contrast, some networks in the US use the 700MHz and 2.1GHz bands.

Topics: BlackBerry, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • Nice

    Nice looking phone. I'm sure the biggest risk BB has in selling it is peoples' fears that they won't last. An unfortunate potential self-fulfilling prophecy.
    mbratch
  • Keyboard

    Loving the way they've done the predictive text input. That looks like a winning solution.
    radsdau@...
  • visually-stunning . . .

    i think the whole concept looks visually-stunning . . . hosting well-thought-out features . . . might upgrade from my iphone-3gs to the bb-z10.
    pnamajck
  • OS Not the Problem w/ Blackberries!

    Actually software has been the least of their worries. It's always been more related to antiquated hardware designs, like the whole reason Palm blew chunks. That's what I see with this Z10. They're finally taking the notion that they're around 5 yrs behind the times seriously in hardware. This looks more like what a modern smartphone should look like. Whereas the others are Grandpa phones from yesteryear. Trying to keep bow ties (physical keyboards w/ small screens) in style, when they're simply..... NOT!!!

    Their Security and the OS has always up'd the anty on the competition and the competition still hasn't beaten them on Security level yet. It's a real RTOS....... meaning instant Boot Up! .....not fast or just super fast... but it's lights on, as soon as you push the button. That's why military, enterprise and industrial customers still.... PREFER Blackberry devices (and will always prefer).

    It all goes back to Swift Boats in Vietnam. When they had to fire up the generator just shoot guns that used electronic targeting. The enemy always knew where you were.... there was no surprise. Modern combat systems almost all run on some form of RTOS. Whether that be a modified RTOS Linux OS w/ SE (Secure Linux) Kernel or now even a modified version of Android w/ both RTOS capability and SE Kernel! .....NSA finished the SE Kernel for Android early last year! ......now if Blackberry would just get really smart and release Blackberry 10 to Open Source Community, they'd assure themselves a future matched up to this new more powerful hardware!
    KronJohn