BlackBerry recently unveiled its much-awaited new OS BlackBerry 10. The company also showed two high-end devices running on the all-new OS, BlackBerry Z10 and Q10. The devices are available only in few countries so far. However, a report in tech blog Fonearena, citing sources, says that the Canadian manufacturer is launching Z10 in India on February 24 for a whopping Rs 39,000.
Before the worldwide unveiling of BlackBerry's new smartphones, the managing director of the Indian division of the company told TOI that the phones are expected to be launched within 2-3 weeks of their global showcasing.
At this price band, the all-new BlackBerry Z10 will take on the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note II, Nokia Lumia 920, Apple iPhone 5 and HTC Butterfly. Recently, TOI reported that BlackBerry Z10 headed for India may have different hardware specifications from its overseas counterparts.
BlackBerry Z10 features a 4.2-inch touchscreen with 356ppi pixel density and 1280x768p resolution. It is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Krait processor and comes with 2GB RAM. The company has provided the new device with 16GB onboard storage and support for expansion up to 32GB via microSD card. The all-new Z10 also has an 8MP camera that can take 1080p videos, and a 2MP unit in the front. For connectivity, the device has Wi-Fi, 3G, 2G, 4G (market dependant), Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
The phone is available in only a few markets, such as UAE and UK, but is available on eBay at three times of its US retail price of $599.
There was no word on the launch date of BlackBerry Q10, which has a 3.1-inch touchscreen and a keyboard.