Research in Motion’s (RIM) new line of BlackBerry devices, the BlackBerry 10 is out today. The smartphone-maker is expected to launch the the new OS and two new handsets. Here’s a quick look at what to expect from the event today.
The BlackBerry 10 OS: RIM had revealed the new OS in its BlackBerry Jam conference in September last year, touchscreen is what we are likely to see. The new predictive text is quite fast and accurate but whether it will be a valuable replacement for the physical QWERTY keyboard remains to be seen.
BlackBerry has also gone for a new user-interface design, with large icons which might very similar to the Android experience. RIM also promises jazzy new apps for Facebook, Twitter, etc for BlackBerry 10 OS.
BlackBerry World: This is BlackBerry’s new app store and RIM is promising that it has gathered a number of big-name music and video partners ranging from Walt Disney Studios and Sony Pictures to Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.
According to RIM, BlackBerry World content store would include an extensive catalog of songs, movies and television shows. Most movies will be available the same day they are released on DVD, with next-day availability for many TV series.
BlackBerry Devices: According to rumours, RIM is likely to launch two devices today. One is the all-touch BlackBerry Z10 and the keyboard-equipped BlackBerry X10. The X10 has a touchscreen as well.
Both smartphones have a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will come with 16 GB storage space. The Z10 has been caught on film ahead of the launch, according to TechCrunch. The Z10 has 4.2-inc screen with an eight megapixel rear camera, according to the site.
The Z10 could be priced at $199 and according to CNET it will hit the stores immediately after the launch.