BlackBerry, once the emperor of the smartphone market has been a primary choice of office goers and corporates. Soon it saw a tremendous demand in the youth since it went from classes to masses with the launch of BlackBerry Curve 8520, one of the best-selling smartphones in the history. BBM and PIN to PIN messaging started to become addiction amongst every section and soon BlackBerry became the BUZZ in the market. Curve and Bold series and later on Torch series made sweeping victories everywhere, with RIM’s BlackBerry becoming the icon of smartphones.
However, today BlackBerry is struggling to save the 5% global market share, I am dubious over the numbers, but the statistics say so. Android and Apple saw tremendous growth during the last 4 years and BlackBerry was forced to accept the rising demand of multicore processors, Graphical units, huge RAMs, high resolution display and obviously, Applications. BlackBerry was forced to accept the fact that mere Push email and QWERTY won’t help BlackBerry’s survival in the market. Tremendous decline in the sales figure, then forced Jim Balsille and Mike Lazaridis, founders of Research in Motion to leave the throne, as Thorsten Hiens had some brilliant ideas to bring, and gave a ray of hope for a catapult throw towards success. This resulted to the introduction of BlackBerry 10. Announced in Mobile World Congress 2010, it took RIM, 3 long years to implement and bring alive the revolutionary platform to the market. Rumors and speculations were huge and soon BlackBerry 10 was announced with first running phones, the Z10 and Q10. Mind you, BlackBerry 10 is not an upgrade over its predecessors 7.1, 6, 5. It’s a completely different platform with completely revamped UI and a totally new design and architecture. Even the platform it runs over is different, i.e. QNX. QNX did show its debut in Playbook OS. Hardware requirement also changed for BB10 and boasts the most modern technology. Here are the major hardware differences seen in the 2 ecosystems.
Support for Multicore processors: The most awaited change was the support for latest generation of processors with 2 or more cores. While android was already on the ground with quad cores, and apple with dual cores, BlackBerry still boasted single core CPUs running on Torch and Bold series, clocked at a maximum of 1.2 GHz. BlackBerry users started drifting toward other platforms because of availability of high definition games. BB10 urged the requirement of dual cores clocked at a minimum of 1.5 GHz. BlackBerry Z10 boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1.5 GHz Krait. So, that’s a gateway for diverse power hungry applications. BlackBerry 10 OS is now capable of running ported HD games from Android.
Support for Front camera: One thing that BlackBerry lovers desperately missed was P2P video calling and conferences, due to lack of front camera. The BlackBerry smartphones started getting criticism for lack of video conferencing abilities which tuned out to be a major setback. BB10 introduced support for dual cameras. BlackBerry Z10 is therefore the 1st BlackBerry smartphone to sport a 2 MP front camera capable of recording 720 p HD video.
Support for HD display, Full HD recording and Playback: Display and recording is where BlackBerry 10 shows its expertise. OS 7.1 and previous version supported qHD displays with a maximum of 250 ppi. BlackBerry got stiff completion from Apple’s retina display and Samsung’s SuperAMOLED HD display, with pixel densities over 300 ppi (which is the maximum to which human eye can differentiate). BlackBerry 10 supported HD resolution displays with BlackBerry Z10 becoming the first BlackBerry smartphone to surpass 300 ppi. 7.1 introduced 720p video recording but was still far behind Droids and iOS offering 1080p Full HD recording and playback. BlackBerry 10 supports recoding capabilities to Full HD. BlackBerry Z10 becomes the first BlackBerry phone capable of recording Full HD videos.
LTE support: BlackBerry 10 also introduced support for 4G and LTE carriers. Users can now take the benefit of ultra-high speed internet on BlackBerry 10 based devices.
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