This is a post by Anshul Srivastava. Anshul is a Passionate Techie (PT), a friend of STL and an IT Analyst based in Toronto, Canada. Anshul was also responsible for the most popular IT analysis report on STL for the year 2012 – RIM’s First Quarter Results – 2012.
30th January could be judgement day for the Waterloo based Research In Motion. Once the market leader both in market share and technology, today is a pale shadow of itself. Blackberry phone which were once considered pride possessions by their owners are now a liability. In the days of ultra-smartphones, Blackberry phones are nowhere in competition, sales and revenue having dropped to an all time low.
Lot would depend on 30th January when the company announces launch of it’s BB 10 Operating system and its line up of Blackberry 10 smartphones (some rumors point to a new version of RIM’s playbook tablets). Lot is at stake for RIM CEO Thorsten Heins this Wednesday, for the market reception to BB 10 announcement would decide whether RIM is back in business or whether it’s time to close the shop.
Rumor market is abuzz with what to expect in Hein’s announcement this Wednesday. Let’s take a look into what tech experts are betting on.
Specs for the nerd
- Processor: Dual Core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470・ Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 (US and Canada)
- Radio: Quad Band HSPA+ / UMTS (850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz) ・Quad Band GSM / GPRS (850/900/1800MHz) ・Quad Band LTE: Bands 2,4,5,13,17 (700, 850,1700, 1900MHz)
- Display: 4.2”, 4 point multi-touch LCD display, 1280 x 768 resolution at 356 DPI, Touch On Lens
- Camera: 8MP rear facing camera, Auto Focus, 5x digital zoom, 1080p HD video recording ・2MP front facing camera, 3x digital zoom, 720p HD video recording
- Memory: 2GB RAM ・16GB Internal Storage ・Hot Swappable microSD Slot
- WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n ・2.4/5GHz ・4G Mobile Hotspot
- GPS: Assisted, Autonomous, and Simultaneous GPS
- Battery: 1800mAh Removable ・Talk Time: up to 10 hours on 3G・Standby Time: up to 305 hours on 3G, up to 316 hours on 2G・Audio Playback: up to 60 hours・Video PlayBack: up to 11 hours
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
- Connectivity: NFC ・microUSB ・microHDMI-Out ・Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
- Size (LxWxD): 130mm x 65.6mm x 9mm
Features to watch out for
1- Full touchscreen smartphones
2- Intuitive Onscreen Keypad which would remember what you type. So next time you go ahead and start typing, BB would prompt you with probable words you want to type.
3- Blackberry Peek – a simple but quite useful feature, which would bring all notifications in one place. Blackberry Peek would be a sliding menu, which would let user know what the notification is about and where it came from. It would be like all applications are spread out in front of the user. It is supposed to go away with the concept of home screen and bring about multi-tasking. This is one feature to look forward to, for it could change the way you use your smartphone.
4- Blackberry has tried to bring in the People Hub feature of Windows phone. So now you would be able to bring all the contact information in one place.
5- Another new feature to look for is called Time Shift. This function would be part of Blackberry Camera App. Say if you take an image and find that eyes of one of the subject is closed, Time Shift lets you skip couple of frames in which their eyes are open.
6- BlackBerry Balance – A feature which looks to bring in a Work-Fun balance. It would create a partition between your work data and apps.So now your personal stuff would remain away from Office files.
7- Blackberry Browser – A new Blackberry browser supporting HTML 5. More good news for HTML 5 acceptance.
Only time will tell if Blackberry 10 can live up to all the hype. This Wednesday would decide whether Apple & Samsung have finally found some competition or whether BB messenger continues its journey towards becoming a closed chapter in smartphone history.
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