On Wednesday, BlackBerry (formerly known as Research in Motion or RIM) announced two new additions to its portfolio of smartphones. The Z10 and Q10 are the first to ship with BlackBerry's new BlackBerry 10 OS installed. Speaking at a press event in New York City, CEO Thorsten Heins revealed that the Z10, which is launching first, would arrive on major US carriers sometime in March. Canadians will get the device much earlier, with carriers selling the phone from next Tuesday, February 5, and folks in the United Kingdom already can get their hands on BB10.
Rumors doing the rounds this week say that BB10 will arrive in Ireland in March as well. Silicon Republic cites sources that say the phone will arrive on O2 on March 1. O2 has yet to confirm this news, but the device is already for sale through O2 UK both unlocked and on contract.
The Z10 is a touchscreen BB10 phone with a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of onboard storage, an 8-megapixel camera in the back, a 2-megapixel camera up front, and (of course) the all important BlackBerry 10 OS, which BlackBerry hopes will turn the company's fortunes around.