The company formerly known as Research in Motion (RIM) launched its latest operating system, BlackBerry 10, as well as two new devices at an event in New York City on Wednesday.
In addition CEO Thorstein Heins announced that that the company name has changed and that “From this point forward RIM becomes BlackBerry”. This is accompanied by the new tagline of “One brand, one promise.”
BlackBerry launched two new devices that will run the new OS. The BlackBerry Q10 features a physical keyboard while the BlackBerry Z10, a touchscreen.
The BlackBerry Z10, available in black and white, features:
a 4.2 inch 1280 x 768 356PPI screen, a 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (microSD storage up to a 32GB card), NFC, and LTE. A rear-facing 8MP camera and and 2MP front-facing camera with video capabilities.
While the Z10 is expected to be released immediately, the Q10, featuring a 3.1-inch 330PPI screen, can be expected to arrive in April.
The new OS focuses around the BlackBerry Hub that combines all your emails, social networks, messages and other communications into a single inbox.
Other highlights include the predictive text mechanism built into the keyboard.
You can watch a video review of the BlackBerry Z10 by The Verge in the video below: