CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Blackberry, formerly known as Research in Motion, unveiled its first Blackberry 10 smartphones today.
First up is the long-rumoured Blackberry Z10, a fully touchscreen device that clearly is meant to compete with the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3.
The top-end Blackberry Z10, which will be available in both black and white, features a 4.2in 1280x756 touchscreen display along with a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and support for 4G LTE.
Blackberry also unveiled the Blackberry Q10 smartphone, a device that echoes the firm's older devices with its physical QWERTY keyboard. A 3.1in display is paired with the handset's traditional keyboard, and the Q10 will also have 4G LTE support.
While we're still waiting for the handsets' full specifications, Blackberry was keen to talk up its favourite feature of the two smartphones - its new Blackberry 10 mobile operating system.
Blackberry Flow, which let's you navigate the device with just one finger, is touted as one of the operating system's main features, as is the software's redesigned keyboard thanks to its support for 'one finger typing' and its intelligent word input prediction.
"We want you to have the same typing experience on touch as you'd have on a physical QWERTY keyboard," Blackberry said.
Blackberry Messenger (BBM) has been improved in Blackberry 10 too, and the firm hopes it will keep its teenage yoof users interested. BBM Video is among the new features of Blackberry as the firm looks to challenge Apple's Facetime, along with Blackberery Screenshare, which lets users share their homescreens with their BBM mates.
Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins also talked up enterprise support as a major selling point of Blackberry 10, mainly because of Blackberry Balance, a feature that enables users to switch between work and personal profiles.
Other new Blackberry 10 features include Blackberry Remember for setting reminders, new camera features such as Timeshift, Picture Editor and Story Maker and several new applications including Skype, Whatsapp and the Angry Birds game.
"We are launching Blackberry 10 with over 70,000 applications, more than any other first generation operating system," Blackberry boasted.
The Blackberry Z10 will be available from the Carphone Warphone in the UK on 31 January from £36 a month, while the Blackberry Q10 has not been given a release date yet. Pricing still remains a mystery. µ
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