BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10 official

The run up to BlackBerry 10 has been long one filled with leaks, teases, rumors and more, but today that all came to an end today as BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins officially launched its new mobile operating system. The full-touch model on the left in the image above is known as the Z10, while the QWERTY-equipped model on the right is the Q10. The Z10 features a 4.2-inch 1280x768 touchscreen and will be offered in both black and white. Also packed into the Z10's body is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear/2-megapixel front cameras, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD slot, micro-HDMI out and NFC. An 1,800mAh battery can be found under the Z10's hood.

The BlackBerry Q10 is the new BlackBerry 10 device that physical keyboard lovers will want to keep an eye out for. It features a hardware QWERTY, which is a feature that BlackBerry smartphones are known for, complete with styling that's similar to what previous BlackBerry smartphones have had. The Q10 also features a 3.1-inch 720x720 touchscreen for those times that users feel like getting around with some swipes and taps rather than pounding on physical keys. Like its full-touch Z10 sibling, the Q10 also includes a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear/2-megapixel front cameras, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and a microSD slot. There's a micro-HDMI port and NFC support baked into the Q10 as well.

As far as availability goes, Verizon just announced that it'll offer the Z10 in both black and white here in the U.S. for $199.99 with a two-year contract. The big red carrier also noted that the white Z10 will be a Verizon exclusive. While Verizon didn't announce exactly when the Z10 will be launching, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has told The Wall Street Journal that the first BlackBerry 10 products will be hitting the U.S. in mid-March. To compare, BlackBerry 10 products will be hitting the U.K. and Canada later this week. Heins explained the delay for the U.S. launch by saying that it takes time for stateside carriers to test new products.

Other BlackBerry 10 carrier announcements have also started trickling in. Sprint has confirmed that it plans to launch the BlackBerry Q10 later this year, T-Mobile has said that it'll stock the LTE-enabled BlackBerry Z10, and AT&T has announced that it plans to offer both the Q10 and Z10. There's been no BlackBerry 10 availability or pricing details announced by AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile. However, Sprint and T-Mobile have promised to share all that information at a later date.

After all of the different leaks and teases that we've endured over the past year or so, it's nice to finally see RIM make both the Z10 and Q10 officially official. The Z10 looks like it could be one of the first quality full-touch handsets on the BlackBerry platform, and the Q10 appears to be a new version of the Bold 9900 that's been updated for BlackBerry 10, which is sure to appeal to all of the QWERTY addicts out there that just can't give up their physical keys.

The fact that we won't see any BlackBerry 10 products in the U.S. until mid-March is definitely a bit of a bummer, especially since other countries will be getting the Z10 much sooner. It'll definitely be interesting to see how much interest there is in BB10 and the Z10 once it finally launches, and how much support the carriers give BlackBerry's new devices. What do you all make of the Z10 and Q10? Have you already begun saving up your pennies for one of them or do you think that you'll be looking elsewhere when it comes time to upgrade?

Via Inside BlackBerry (1), (2), Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-MobileThe Wall Street Journal

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Bo Abe Vorachack Screen is too small, just like apple but better.
Paresh Bhojwani important question: BBM @ broadcast msg incoming can be set to Sound and Vibrate different than a Regular BBM msg??????
Rick Hornett Where's the review?
Matthew Clous I dont see one reason for switching from Android to BB10, it seems backwards
Jennifer Craft From what I saw, BB10 can't compare with my Note 2. I used to have a BB. Nothing could make me go back.
Jeff Seaver I have galaxy S3, iPhone 5, HTC Butterfly, Note 2. I would give it try when new phone come out.
Vicente Reyes They've always been crap, but I would have to see the new look and feel
Julian Scott BTW there is no feature that rim offers to blackberry that android and ios already don't have. There's nothing that rim offers to a consumer thats different or better on rim.
Julian Scott Wow! I hate auto correct..ok. it's a good idea but ppl are already happy whit ios and google android. And all the apps thos platforms offer. It's cool that rim now offers better apps like 4square and instragram and more but it's just so late now. Android has instragram now to and tones of ppl just got a 2 year contract wit them. There not switch companies or pay out right price 4 rim I just don't think it will happen...wit that said great that they changed but it's to late 4 blackberry.
Julian Scott I think it's a very great idea. But I think it's a little too late for blackberry reason I say this is because people are already satisfied with my iOS apple and Google's Android and people are you have all the app said they want and more so they're not going to switch do blackberry in blackberry is now offering those abs it's too late no we're going to switch to blackberry because of love like I said good idea it just came way too late in the game I think it's over for them
Vlad Valentine McBride Oh yeah the day I get it, my iPhone 4S is gonna make a 300ft fall from wind tower and than meet a sledge hammer
Flako Ramirez Dont know Q10 specs
Juan Carlos Munoz Little late.
Anthony Lasam Intro'd in JAN not released until MAR... Extreme-O-Lame-O!
Jaevz Chavez I want it is it comming to Verizon Wireless?
James Matthews Nice effort but I'll be sticking with my 8X.
Shyam Sundar They are a year late.
Fonzy Paniagua Ugly Hardware
Josh Wolfe Too little too late...
William Tang HTC Samsung or apple is the way to go
Mark Belcher looks really crap. ...im waiting for samsung galaxy note 3
Jonaxz Encarnado Dear RIM, The BB Z10 looks beautiful and smart so is the Q10. But PLEASE don't wait until mid March to release those beauties because in this tech world, a month and a half wait is way too long and by the time its released, people forget about it. Release it asap while the excitement is building up. Take my word.
Ernest Marvin Esteban I thought multitasking will be great. You can't even control what panes will show on the homescreen. It's not much different from an Android widget. Android is still the best when it comes to multitasking(split screen, pop up video players, browsers and other utilities).
Tashi Mack Johnson Never been a BB fan...
Matt Pankey I think Ervin summed it up.
Christopher Rogers After watching the stock plummet, clearly don't think the world is eager to grab a fruit from that basket!
John-Mark Christmas Just compared it with my Xperia Sl which is some months old. No clear difference in terms of specs. The UI is a real turn off for me, it's rather boring.
Mark Navarro My butt is itchy.
Ethan Raphi Besbris Stupid video. 0:33. It's PPI not MP. #bbfail
Ernest Marvin Esteban Good but far from being GREAT. If you're a blackberry fan you might like it. But if you happen to use iOS and Android then there's nothing in the new blackberry phones worth switching. There's not a single stand-out feature on it.
Douglas Prevo Too late.
Luis Reich D.O.A.
Alfonso Manuel Avalos Id give one a shot if I wasnt poor hahaha

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