BlackBerry (formerly RIM) has finally launched the Z10 flagship smartphone in the U.S. on AT&T’s network.
There seems to be some mixed feelings regarding the "comeback" BlackBerry 10 device, but, regardless of what critics are saying, the Canadian handset maker is still pinning the company’s survival on the Z10 and other lower-end BB10 models coming later this year.
For the price of $199.99 and with a two year contract, interested parties can snatch up a 4.2-inch 1280×768 Z10 that features a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon and 2GB of RAM. The device comes with 16GB of internal storage, but users can add more storage via microSD (up to 32GB). Other specs include an 8MP rear shooter capable of recording 720p video, 2MP front camera, an 1800mAh battery, micro HDMI support, and Bluetooth 4.0.
BlackBerry has been doing its best to convince developers to make apps for the BB10 platform, and it seems like things are going well as the company’s app store has amounted to over 100,000 apps. Apps like CNN, eBay, Facebook, and Skype have all made their way to the BB app market.
“Top brands and application providers are joining us every day and are seeing the benefits of being early supporters of the new platform,” said Martyn Mallick, VP, Global Alliances at BlackBerry. “We constantly hear from developers that the BlackBerry 10 tools are easy to build with and that we provide opportunities for app differentiation that they do not see on other platforms.”
People who want to check out the phone in person can check out a local A&T store or retailers like Best Buy and RadioShack.