RIM had a slew of announcements today with their launch of Blackberry 10 (BB10). First of all, they’re ditching the RIM name and just going by BlackBerry now. Next up are the two launch flagship devices, known as the Z10 and Q10. There will be over 70,000 apps available at launch. The UK will have devices available tomorrow, Canada’s launch will be February 5th, but the US won’t see anything until mid-March. For the US, the confirmed carriers are: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint (only Q10 confirmed) and T-Mobile (Z10 confirmed).
The OS seems pretty slick, with lots of social networking integration including: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Foursquare. Also note that there are reports that BB10 will only support push email (instant email) with Microsoft Exchange Servers.
The Z10 will have a 4.2″ display with 1280×768 resolution, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual-core S4 Plus processor, 2GB of RAM, and an 1800mAh battery. It’ll also come with Bluetooth 4.0, NFC (integrated into the backplate) and WiFi a/b/g/n. The cameras will be a 2MP front and an 8MP rear. Verizon is the first to confirm pricing at $199.99 with a two-year contract.
The Q10 will be the classic BlackBerry with a QWERTY keyboard, a 3.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. This device will most likely launch in April in the US.
Those of you that like your BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), the new version allows you to Video Share, similar to FaceTime and Skype. You can also share what’s on your screen with your chat partner.