RIM is set to unveil BlackBerry 10 and its new devices, including the Z10, on Jan. 30. We have a good idea of what to expect, especially on the software side, but we also have had enough leaks to develop a near-final idea of what to expect on the hardware end from at least one device. No, we aren’t going to see any 1080p displays out of the gate, and you won’t see a phablet from RIM this month, but you will see at least one new smartphone (and hopefully a few more).
So what do we know about the Z10 so far? We expect it will offer a 4.2-inch display with a 1280 x 768-pixel resolution (that’s 355ppi for the display buffs out there), 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon MSM8960 processor, 1,800mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, a microSD card slot for expanding storage, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. RIM has also confirmed that users will be able to take advantage of the NFC capabilities to add BBM friends.
How about the X10? We surmise that will be the first BlackBerry 10 device with a full QWERTY keyboard. We expect it will offer similar guts as the Z10, but with a lower-resolution and smaller display, somewhere near 3-inches and with a resolution near 720 x 720-pixels (hey, you have to fit that amazing keyboard in somewhere, right?). We’re not entirely sure what else to expect though, because RIM isn’t expected to discuss the X10 in depth during its conference on Jan. 30.
We hope RIM details what we can expect in the near future in terms of quad-core processors, if they’re supported at all by BlackBerry 10, and what sort of screen resolutions will be supported down the line. RIM doesn’t want to get left in the dust by iOS, Android or Windows Phone, so it not only has to impress us with new hardware on Jan. 30, but also with a concrete plan that details how it will continue to compete during the rest of 2013 and into next year.