BlackBerry Officially Unveils the Z30, runs BB10.2 out of the box

BlackBerry has just announced the Z30 – the smartphone with the largest touchscreen it has even put into production. Moreover, it’s the first BlackBerry to ship with the company’s latest version of BB 10 OS.

The BlackBerry Z30 is built around a 5″ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. This makes the pixel density meter stop at 295 ppi. In its core, the Z30 is powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset and 2GB of RAM.

Behind the battery back cover lies a 2,880mAh battery and measures 140.7 x 72 x 9.4mm. The larger battery found in the Z30 hasn’t made it much thicker than the Z10 – the difference is just 0.1mm. The BlackBerry Z30 supports LTE as well as dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.

The back of the Z30 holds an 8MP camera with an f/2.2 lens and 1080p video recording capabilities. Video chatting has been taken care of with an 2MP front-facing snapper, which records 720p video.

As we mentioned, the BlackBerry Z30 runs BB 10 OS version 10.2 out of the box. It brings some improvements to the BlackBerry ecosystem including BB Priority Hub, message previews in the lockscreen as well as Wi-Fi Direct support, multiple alarms and standard Unicode emojis.

BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 users would be happy to know that the company will be launching the BB 10 version 10.2 update in mid-October. There might be some delays, which would be due to carrier approval of the update.

BlackBerry hasn’t specified any pricing or availability information just yet, but the Z30 is expected to hit the UK as early as next week. We’ll keep you posted when more information becomes available.

HTC Butterfly s revealed: 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, UltraPixel camera sensor (video)

HTC has just made the Butterfly S official and it’s a significant bump over the first Butterfly. The smartphone is powered by a 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 – the same as the one in the Samsung Galaxy S4 – and has 2GB of RAM.

It’s built around the same 5″ display boasting full HD resolution and a pixel density of 440ppi. Internal storage is 16GB, and as is usually the case, HTC has teamed up with Dropbox to provide 25GB of free cloud storage for 2 years. MicroSD card support is available, too.

At the back of the Butterfly S, there’s the same UltraPixel camera as the HTC One. It packs a 1/3″ BSI sensor size with a 2.0 micron pixel size and wide F/2.0 aperture. Since the smartphone is running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with the latest Sense UI 5 skin on top, there’s HTC Zoe with HTC Share and Video highlights.

Not much has changed in terms of visuals, and the Butterfly S looks more or less the same as its predecessor, safe for its thickness and different color variations – red, white, gray – and some details here and there. The most prominent of which is the metal ring surrounding the camera glass at the back.

Measuring 144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6mm, the Butterfly S weighs 160 grams and is significantly thicker than before. That’s because under the hood, there’s a 3200mAh battery, a lot bigger than the original Butterfly’s 2020mAh unit. Connectivity options are the usual for a high-end offering and include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, DLNA, NFC, GPS.

The HTC Butterfly S is expected to debut in Taiwan for NT $22,900 (US $766) in July. The company’s plans for a wider release at this point are still unclear.

Google announces Chromebook Pixel: For What’s Next !

Google has announced the new Chromebook Pixel, confirming the rumors that were circulating in the past month or so. Unlike all the previous Chromebooks, the Chromebook Pixel is made by Google themselves and is a high-end laptop with high-end specs and has a high-end price tag of $1,299 to go with them.

For starters, the Chromebook Pixel has a 12.85-inch, ultra high resolution 2,560 x 1,700 display. Google says it is the highest resolution display ever to be put in a laptop. What they mean, however, is that it has the highest pixel density of 239 ppi. The 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display in comparison have a pixel density of 227 and 220 respectively, although the latter has a higher, 2,880 x 1,800 resolution display.

Two interesting aspects about this display are that it has an unconventional 3:2 aspect ratio, which is designed to give you more vertical screen real estate to facilitate web browsing. The second thing is that the display is actually a touchscreen, a first for a Chromebook. The panel also uses a Corning Gorilla Glass for protection.

Google also has gone to great lengths to give the Chromebook Pixel the level of polish and attention to detail appropriate for a high-end device. The body is made out of anodized aluminum. The ventilation grilles are hidden, as are the screws and the stereo speakers, which are placed underneath the backlit keyboard. The glass trackpad has been etched using a laser microscope to give it that desired level of friction.

In terms of hardware, the Chromebook Pixel runs on a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor with integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB/64GB SSD, dual-band WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n 2×2, Bluetooth 3.0, LTE (optional), 2 x USB 2.0 ports, Mini DisplayPort, SD card slot, 720p HD camera with three microphones for noise cancellation and 59 Wh battery with 5 hours of active use.

The Chromebook Pixel will be sold in two models. The standard model will set you back by $1,299/£1,049 whereas the LTE model will set you back by $1,449 (US only). You get 1TB Google Drive cloud storage for three year along with 12 free sessions of GoGo Inflight Internet with both models. On the LTE model, you also get 100 MB/month for 2 years of mobile broadband from Verizon Wireless.

The Chromebook Pixel is now on sale in US and UK on the Google Play Store and will soon be available on BestBuy.com.

BlackBerry unveiled the Z10 and Q10, first BB10 smartphones !

Research In Motion, or RIM, has long been associated with BlackBerry, but now the company has finally taken the plunge and dropped the RIM name altogether adopting BlackBerry as the name of the company.

That means there is no longer RIM and instead everything will now be under the BlackBerry umbrella.

RIM (well, BlackBerry now) has opened a new chapter in the history of its platform with the release of its first to BB10 OS devices, the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10.The new OS is centered around touch gestures, even the Q10, which has a hardware QWERTY.

The BlackBerry Z10, however, joins the ranks of the touch-only army with a 4.2” WXGA screen (1,280 x 768, 356ppi pixel density). A dual-core Krait CPU at 1.5GHz has been enlisted to run the new OS and there’s 2 gigs of RAM to make sure there’s room for multitasking, which plays a huge part of the new experience.

The company also made sure the Z10 is capable in terms of multimedia with an 8MP main camera that has TimeShift (Scalado-powered tech) and shoots 1080p video and an HDMI port. The phone packs 16GB of storage and you can throw in a microSD card (up to 32GB) to expand it.

On the connectivity side, there’s LTE (market dependent), Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.

The Z10 boasts an advanced touchscreen keyboard, which should completely make up for the lack of hardware keyboard.

And if you still need a physical keyboard, the BlackBerry Q10 is the one you should be looking for. The smartphone keeps the trademark hardware QWERTY keyboard. It has a touchscreen too – it’s a bit unorthodox, a 3.1″ square AMOLED screen with 720 x 720 resolution and 330ppi pixel density.

BlackBerry Q10 is announced for all you QWERTY keyboard lovers, powered by BlackBerry 10

The BlackBerry Q10 has a stainless steel frame and an “edge-to-edge” glass on the front. The chipset of the Q10 is the same as the one on the Z10.

The BlackBerry Z10 will launch in UK first (tomorrow!) from all the major carriers and retailers, with a choice between getting it on contract or pre-paid. It goes to Canada on February 5 for $150 (with three-year contract). US consumers will have to wait until March though. Then they’d be able to snag it for $200 from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint(with a two-year contract).

The BlackBerry Q10 is expected to hit carriers globally in April.

Sony’s website leaks photos of Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL

You might recall that Sony was readying a couple of high-end Android models called Yuga and Odin. Just the other day, it turned out that the Yuga was purportedly renamed the Sony Xperia Z. And Sony’s own website not only has a press shot of the Sony Xperia Z, but also shows off the Odin, which also has been renamed, to the Sony Xperia ZL. The speculation is that the Sony Xperia Z will be made available in the Japanese market while the slightly sleeker Sony Xperia ZL will be available in the rest of the world. Besides being a little more slender, the Xperia ZL also has its front facing camera at the bottom right of the device instead of on the top as with the other model.

The Sony Xperia Z (L) and Sony Xperia ZL (R); note the different front camera placement - Sony's website leaks photos of Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL

Sony has yet to announce the specs, but the word is that both models will offer a 5 inch LCD display with 1080p, 441ppi pixel density, with a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor driving the phone. We’d bet it is the APQ8064 doing the heavy lifting, with the Adreno 320 handling the graphics. Did we mention the 2GB of RAM? No? Ok, both models are rumored to have 2GB of RAM and a 13MP Exmor RS camera sensor on back. Android 4.1.2 is pre-installed and LTE connectivity is expected.

One recent report had Sony introducing the Sony Xperia Z at CES 2013 in Las Vegas on January 8th and then launching itexactly one week later on January 15th. Perhaps as we get closer to CES, Sony will reveal some more official word about the their two new flagship handsets.