We all know that the next operating system that RIM (Research In Motion) will be using is the highly anticipated BlackBerry 10 OS. But do you know what smartphone model is going to be the first to use it? A leaked photo of a marketing material of the company shows a smartphone called the Z10. It is shown with its front screen in both black and white models and is running on BB10.
The name of the upcoming model is interesting since it would depart from the normal naming convention of the company that uses 4 digits such as the 9300, 9800, etc. This might be one way for the company to let people easily distinguish which of their models will be sporting their new operating system.
As far as hardware specifications go here is what we have gathered so far.
- Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4470 Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960
- RAM: 1 GB
- Storage: 16 GB internal expandable via microSD
- Network: Quad Band HSPA+/UMTS (850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz), GSM/GPRS (850/900/1800MHz), LTE Bands 2,4,5,13,17 (700, 850,1700, 1900MHz)
- Display: 4.2″ 1280 x 768 pixels at 356 PPI
- Camera: 8 MP rear with 1080p recording, 2 MP front
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, micro HDMI
- Battery: 1,800 mAh
RIM plans to make a grand unveiling of their new OS this coming January 30 in New York. Invites were already sent out to the media to cover this event. There are reportedly two models to be shown during this event and we already know what one of them will be like. We’re still trying to find details on the second device.
RIM’s BlackBerry line has seen a rapid decline recently due to the strong demand for Android and iOS smartphones. One factor that is attributed to this is their late adoption of touch screen technology relying only on their strong QWERTY keypads. This is about to change with their BlackBerry 10 OS.