Research in Motion’s BlackBerry 10 launch will finally be taking place on January 30 of this year, and the optimism isn’t just coming these days from RIM executives trying to make the most out of a bad situation. Despite dropping about 25 percent following RIM’s last quarterly earnings report, stock prices are still in double digits and trending upwards, which is much better than the sub-$7 price per share being recorded back in September. However, the pressure is on RIM as it hopes BlackBerry 10 will indeed be the savior it has long been waiting for; if the operating platform fails, many are expecting the worst for the struggling Canadian company.
That said, the Z10 is expected to be the device that will prove BlackBerry 10’s worth and take RIM to greater heights, if not the same level it once was at some 4-5 years ago. Screen size of the Z10 is still unknown, but it is believed that the phone’s display may measure about 4.3 to 4.5 inches, with HD capability. But more importantly, it will be an all-touch device with no hardware buttons whatsoever. Considering RIM’s reputation as a maker of easy-to-use devices with physical keyboards, this is an entirely new direction for the company, but initial reports claim that the BlackBerry 10 OS will come with an intuitive keyboard that should help those used to QWERTY keyboards adjust to the new-look and all-touch Z10.
The X10 has an interesting screen display – unlike the rectangular appearance of your typical smartphone screen, RIM’s “old-fashioned” QWERTY phone will have a square-shaped screen measuring about 3.5 inches, with 720 x 720 resolution. But based on the leaked photos of previous weeks, the X10 will have a different look and feel for its physical keyboard, with a more durable design. The X10’s rumored internals, aside from the BlackBerry 10 platform, include a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1 GB RAM and either 16 or 32 GB internal storage.