The popularity of smart-phones appear to be at or near its highest peak, majority of Americans have some type of smart-phone or know someone that has one. The big name phone products by Apple, Samsung, LG, and HTC are dominating the market right now, but years ago it was Blackberries that were the “Hot” phone to have.
The Blackberry Bold has been a successful product up to this point, but it is not close in popularity to phones like the iPhone, Galaxy S II, or HTC Evo. Blackberry manufacturer research in motion recently announced their plans to unveil their first two Blackberry smart-phones that will run on Blackberry 10. The device will be unveiled at the company’s technology event on Jan. 30, 2013 according to Business Week.
This is a long awaited announcement as the company was planning to reveal the devices at the beginning of 2012 but pushed it back to the end of this year, and now pushed it back even further to the beginning of 2013. Despite the phone being pushed back a year, the CEO of the company still believes that this product will be worth the long wait customers have endured.
“Our team has been working tirelessly to bring our customers innovative features, we believe our customers will have the best experience possible with BlackBerry 10, this will be like no other smart phone in the market today,” Research in motion CEO Thorsten Heins said in a statement.
Blackberry will have two different versions of smart-phones for customers to enjoy; you will have your choice between the traditional QWERTY keyboard type of phone and the all in one touch screen phone.
A full-touch BlackBerry 10 OS device with a 4.65-inch (1280×720) OLED display, the BlackBerry 10 Aristo looks to be powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Krait processor (Qualcomm APQ8064 chipset) coupled with 2GB of RAM. The touchscreen uses OCTA Glass from Samsung, which will integrate the touch sensor with the display panel.
Other specifications of the BlackBerry Aristo include a thickness of 8.5mm, built-in storage of 16GB, microSD card expandability, a 2,800 mAh non-removable battery, an 8MP autofocus rear camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, and the full suite of connectivity options — such as 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, miniHDMI-out and NFC, as well as Wi-Fi with Direct and DLNA functionality.
“Whether you are using our touch screen product or our physical keyboard device, you will have the best keyboard, period,” Research in motion CMO Frank Boulben said in a statement.
With the success that has been seen from the big name smart phones in the market today, Blackberry has a little catching up to do if it wants to compete with the sales numbers other popular smart phones are putting out. The new Blackberry software is said to be a complete overhaul of the current operating system. New features to the phone will include a “Peek” feature that will allow users to see all the apps they have open, and also lets you create distinct areas for work and play on the device according to ABC News.
The company has said Blackberry 10 will allow customers to access e-mail with one swipe from any app, and it will automatically shift between personal and corporate modes. Blackberry 10 will also run Android apps; however RIM is still hoping that more companies will want to develop software that takes advantage of Blackberry 10’s particular specifications. More details will become available at the event in January.
BlackBerry App World for BlackBerry 10 Live Demo
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Blackberry 10 Demo Review
Vivek Bhardwaj of the BlackBerry 10 product team showcases BlackBerry 10 features live, on stage with Thorsten Heins at BlackBerry Jam Americas.