Blackberry Throws a Hail Mary with BB10

— January 31, 2013

On Wednesday, RIM (now christened Blackberry) unveiled its new flagship phones the Z10 and Q10, available with or sans physical keyboard. Right off the bat, the phone has some cool features that are more prevalent in consumer phones than enterprise-ready devices, including fancy suggested word typing tool, memory card slot, hot-swappable battery, built-in BYOD security and NFC integration.

Sure, reselling Blackberry smartphones isn't a huge business for VSR readers, but I saw enough of them at NRF and RSPA Inspire to realize that solution providers haven't entirely given up on the physical-keyboard smartphone experience. So here’s the scoop on the new devices.

At Wednesday’s launch event, Blackberry also announced a new version of its app store with approximately 70,000 programs ready to download. The big question now is whether it's too late for Blackberry to regain its foothold in the smartphone market. Not only is it years behind, but its name has been dragged through mud in recent years.

To find out more about the new Blackberry phones, head over to our sister site, Mobile Enterprise, for their in-depth coverage, including five things you might not know about Blackberry 10.

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