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Daily Dose of iQ: New BlackBerry Device and OS Getting Attention in Germany

BlackBerry Z10 vs. iPhone 5 - Source: Tech Presse

Today, Kevin Smith of Business Insider reported that a German tech blog (Tech Presse) reviewed pre-production model of the latest BlackBerry, the Z10, which is set to be announced Jan. 30. The bloggers videotaped the Z10 in action and compared it to an iPhone 5 (see above screenshot).

The BlackBerry was just as fast and at times faster than the iPhone 5.

"On the software side, Tech Presse was using a beta version of BB 10 and they remarked that the BlackBerry was just as fast and at times faster than the iPhone 5," wrote Smith.

"Physically, you can tell that the iPhone 5 is much thinner but the Z10 has a slightly larger 4.2-inch screen. Other rumored specs for Z10 include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, the display has a resolution of 1280 x 768, an LTE data connection, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB storage, an 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, 1800mAh battery, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and microSD port."

RIM may eventually license BB 10 to other manufacturers

Meanwhile, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins was interviewed by German newspaper Die Welt on the topic of the soon-to-be-released BlackBerry 10 OS.

"Heins told the newspaper he has not ruled out licensing the new OS to other manufacturers," wrote TechCrunch's Natasha Lomas.

"Asked whether RIM might not go down the licensing route, as Microsoft has with Windows Phone, he said (translated from German by Google Translate): 'Before you licensed the software, you must show that the platform has a large potential. First we have to fulfill our promises. If such proof, a licensing is conceivable.'"

The new BB 10 operating system has been getting favorable reviews, like this one from TechRadar. Here's a look at a sneak peek video demo, driven by RIM's software chief Vivek Bhardwaj, on TheStreet.com.

I'm curious to see what it looks like first-hand very soon.

Date: 
January/21, 2013