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Research In Motion (RIM), now known as BlackBerry, has launched its highly anticipated BlackBerry 10 operating system, along with two new smartphones, the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10.

Research In Motion (RIM), now known as BlackBerry, has launched its highly anticipated BlackBerry 10 operating system, along with two new smartphones, the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10.

 
Some of the highlights of the new platform include: the BlackBerry Hub, where users can easily access emails, BBM messages, social media updates and notifications, and more; BlackBerry Flow, which seamlessly ties apps together for a more integrated and efficient experience; an adaptable keyboard that learns your frequently used words; the ability to share your screen with other BlackBerry users via BBM; the TimeShift camera for improved photos; and the new BlackBerry 10 web browser, with HTML5 support and faster than ever loading times.
 
Keen to keep up its emphasis on enterprise, the new OS features BlackBerry Balance, which separates business use of the device from personal use, an important distinction, particularly as “bring your own device” policies becoming increasingly common in the workplace. 
 
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BlackBerry Remember offers note-taking capability, which can sync with Outlook or Evernote. There is also support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, and BlackBerry Safeguard provides the additional security that the enterprise sector expects.
 
There is also a new BlackBerry World app store, with 70,000 BlackBerry 10 apps already lined up, including some from big names like Disney, Cisco, Foursquare, Skype, and Rovio. Important social media apps like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn come pre-installed.
 
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BlackBerry Z10, launching in the UK first
 
The Canadian smartphone maker also unveiled its initial lineup of devices at events held throughout the world: the full touch-screen Z10 and the touchscreen and keyboard Q10. Both feature a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, which is a bit on the low side compared to what some rivals have out on the market now, as well as 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with memory cards. They also have micro HDMI ports for presentations and advanced sensors for NFC mobile payments. The Z10 features a 4.2-inch display, while the Q10 appears to have a much smaller screen, though the exact dimensions are not yet known.
 
The BlackBerry Z10 will launch in the UK tomorrow, 31 January, with prices varying from carrier to carrier. In Canada the Z10 will launch on 5 February for $149.99 on a three year contract (yes, that's right – three years, as if two year contracts weren't enough). In the United Arab Emirates the Z10 will launch on 10 February for AED 2,599 (or less when subsidised by a carrier). In the US the Z10 won't launch until March, and prices will vary. The Q10 will launch in April, with pricing and availability to be announced closer to release.
 
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BlackBerry Q10, for those who like a real keyboard
 
“Today sees a re-invented BlackBerry launching an entirely new mobile experience,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry. “We are thrilled to be introducing BlackBerry 10 on the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones, to deliver a faster, smarter experience that continuously adapts to your needs. Every feature, every gesture, and every detail in BlackBerry 10 is designed to keep you moving.”