RIM deploys a new name, new Blackberry phones, and a new operating system to boot!

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At the end of January, Research In Motion, the troubled Canadian mobile technology giant, announced a new company name, two brand new handsets, and a new operating system to run on those handsets.

To start off, the company name has changed from Research In Motion (RIM) to BlackBerry. This just simplifies things and I think we can move on to the good stuff.

The two new handsets are the Z10 and the Q10. The Z10 has a 4.2 inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, for a density of 356 pixels per inch. It looks very much like an iPhone but it has a microSD slot so you can add up to 32GB of storage. The Q10 has a 3.1 inch touchscreen with a resolutiq10on of 720 x 720 pixels, for a density of 330 pixels per inch. If you’re looking for a physical QWERTY keyboard, the Q10 is your handset. Both have 8 megapixel rear cameras, dual core 1.5GHz processors, and micro USB and micro HDMI connectors. The Z10 is expected to be available in March 2013 and the Q10 is expected to be available in May 2013.

The new operating system is called BlackBerry 10 and it is a major leap in terms of features and capabilities. You can read an extensive review of BlackBerry 10 running on the Z10 here at The Verge. BlackBerry has also announced that all PlayBook tablets will be upgraded to BlackBerry 10 when it is available.

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