During the launch of the Blackberry 10 today, Alicia Keys was named as the phone makers Global Creative Director. It’s unclear as to what the job entails, but she said returning to the Blackberry was like reuniting with an ex-boyfriend.
Following a bevy of rumors surrounding the Z10, Blackberry has finally made an official announcement regarding the first full-touch BlackBerry 10 device. Outfitted with a palm-friendly 4.2-inch 1,280 x 768 display, the Z10 measures in at 5.13 x 2.6 x 0.37 inches – making it significantly bulkier than the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III. Beneath its mixture of aluminum and hard, textured plastic lies a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus buffered by 2GB RAM, a removable 1,800mAh battery, slots for microSD (up to 32GB supported) and micro SIM. On the imaging front, the handset packs a 2-megapixel front facer (720p video) and 8-megapixel rear shooter capable of 1080p recording. Finally, the Z10 will also ship LTE-ready (for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint) and be available in carrier-branded models across the top four US operators for $200 USD.