"Today represents a new day in the history of BlackBerry," said BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins. "Two years ago we had to make a very serious decision: adopt someone else's platform or build a whole new one. We made the decision to go it alone."
The BlackBerry Z10 is a touch-based smartphone with a 4.2-inch display at 1280 x 768, 356ppi. The Z10 is available in black or white models, but the white color is exclusive to Verizon. Street dates are staggered globally, with the UK receiving the Z10 tomorrow, Canada on February 5th, and the U.S. "in March." Heins said price points on the Z10 "will vary," depending on carrier. Verizon has stated it will launch the smartphone for $199.99 with two-year activation.
"We built this for all those people who have to have a physical keyboard typing experience," said Heins.
The BlackBerry Q10 is expected to roll out in April, with BlackBerry apparently still in talks with carriers.