Inside the BlackBerry Z10

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The Z10 is BlackBerry’s new flagship smartphone, featuring a raft of improved hardware and a new operating system, BlackBerry 10.

In terms of hardware, the Z10 is powered by a 1.5-gigahertz Qualcomm MSM8960 dual-core processor paired with two gigabytes of mobile DDR2 SDRAM, an internal bank of 16 gigabytes of flash memory and a large 3.8-volt lithium-ion battery. This core feature set is bolstered by the inclusion of an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera, a two-megapixel forward-facing camera and a 10.7-centimetre (4.2-inch), 1,280 x 768-pixel touchscreen – the latter coated with a layer of hardened, scratch-resistant glass.

The BlackBerry 10 OS is a proprietary variant based on QNX – a Unix-like embedded operating system – which allows for the integration of features such as
multitouch gestures, advanced multitasking operations, screen-shared video calls and voice control of the device. Indeed, the 10 OS is heavily optimised for multitouch gestures and is based around a piece of software called BlackBerry Hub, a content and connectivity aggregator that displays a lot of key data in list form.

In terms of connectivity, the Z10 is installed with an NFC (near-field communication) antenna built in to the backplate and has support for both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The Z10 is compatible – dependent on model – with network connections up to 4G LTE.