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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.
Firing up the device, you're not really greeted by a home screen, and there isn't a home button either. Instead, you'll see the screen with open/running apps displayed as an Active Frame (denoted by a slightly different icon to the left of the app screen indicators), similar to Windows Live tiles.
Developers also have access to this functionality, and can build apps that use the live update aspect of Active Frames.
The most recently used app is always top left of the screen and up to eight of the most recently running apps can be shown. In the image above, the app in the bottom left-hand corner is the system's File Manager, which gives a live display of how much space is left in each area: the SD card, the internal storage and in a linked Dropbox account.