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Hands-on: BlackBerry Z10 [Pictures]

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Last night, Research in Motion (RIM) rebranded itself as BlackBerry and officially took the wraps off the first BlackBerry 10 OS running BlackBerry Z10 smartphone and we got an opportunity to play with the device for sometime but it was not the final version which will hit the markets. But still, going by the looks of it, the BlackBerry Z10 is all here to impress us.

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The built quality of the device is great and the BlackBerry 10 OS is smooth. The BlackBerry Z10 packs in a 4.2-inch Capacitive display which would look small when we compare it with the phablets like the Galaxy Note II or the recently launched HTC Butterfly but is decent enough to get you through your personal and professional working.

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The 4.2-inch screen of the Z10 is bright and crisp thanks to the 1280 x 768 pixels display resolution which gives us a pixel density of 356 PPI and has the LED notification and other sensors. There is a 2 MP front facing camera for all your video calls which you can now make using the BBM Video.

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The removable back cover of the smartphone is textured houses an NFC antenna while a decent 8 MP camera with LED Flash for all your photography needs has been placed.

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On the right side of the smartphone, we have the volume rockers and a Play/Pause and Voice control button has been placed in-between the volume control buttons.

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On the left side of the smartphone, BlackBerry has placed the microUSB and the microHDMI slots.

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On the top of the smartphone we have the 3.5mm audio jack and next to it is the Power/Standby button while at the bottom, the microphone has been placed.

Overall, BlackBerry has done a wonderful job with BlackBerry 10 OS and the BlackBerry Z10, it looked different and impressive. BlackBerry 10 will stop a shift of many BlackBerry users to Android or iOS. We expect the Z10 and the Q10 to be pricey at the time of launch and so the budget BlackBerry smartphones users who are planning to switch to other OSes, might switch but there is a segment of users who would love to get a BlackBerry 10 handset.

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