BlackBerry is about to launch of the new Z10 in the U.S., the first release of the new BlackBerry 10 platform. On March 14th 2013 Samsung announced the Galaxy S4 with more advanced featurs and technology than the BlackBerry Z10. The Z10 is beginning to show it's age even before it hits the U.S. market.
BlackBerry's market loss was the most extreme in the U.S. - especially in terms of business customers. acceptance of the BB10 platform in the U.S. is viewed as key for a turnaround.
With less than two weeks to go now before BB10 enters America, the hype and rumours will intensify. A healthy round of international sales numbers are going to be essential for BlackBerry to demonstrate to their shareholders. International sales may be used as an indicator for how BlackBerry 10 will do in the U.S. market, which may be a risky because the U.S. market seems to have different dynamics from other International markets.
AT&T will officially launch the Z10 on 22 March. BlackBerry has its work cut out in order to regain a portion of the market share lost to Apple (iPhone) and Google (Android) over the last few years. Given trends in other markets where the Z10 has launched already it is not out of the question that the Z10 could make an immediate splash. Mobile users are willing to give any new fad or product a try which can lead to a volatile market where loyalty is not to be expected.
There are rummers of a potential buyout by the Chinese firm Lenovo Group. Few give the speculation any credence - at least not over the short term.
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis said the stock move is based on a report quoting Lenovo's chief executive as saying he might be interested in an acquisition of RIM. Gillis and Jefferies analyst Peter Misek said a Chinese acquisition is unlikely due to security concerns.
BlackBerry's U.S. release will go up against Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone which is expected to be unveiled on Thursday 14 March 2013. It is going to be a formidable force for BlackBerry to go up against in the U.S. market.
Rumours suggest that the Galaxy S4 will include a 3D stereoscopic camera are just the latest news showing that Samsung is here to stay a serious contender in the tech market.
The Galaxy S4 will feature something called the Samsung Orb. This new application will let users take "near 3D photos" as well as easily snap 360 panoramas.
Overall, photo quality will be noticeably better and sharing will be easier than ever before. An anonymous insider described the new feature as "an almost three-dimensional viewing experience, better than Photo Sphere.
The screen resolution is said to be full 1920 by 1080 HD (441 ppi), 4.5 inches.
Up to 64 GB of RAM.
Camerai is 13 megapixel rear, 2 megapixel front capuring 1080p video.
Battery is 2,600 mAh.
The Galaxy S4 is rumoured to be powered by Samsung's new Exynos 5 processor, which will have a whopping eight cores. The new chip's eight-core design is based on AMD's big.LITTLE architecture.
There are four powerful Cortex-A15 cores for the phone's most power-hungry functions, and four lower-power Cortex-A7 models for simpler tasks. When the phone isn't needed to do anything fancy, the more powerful cores shut down, extending battery life.
In addition, the device also sports some new software features not seen in the competition, like the ability to interact with the phone using eye movement and hand gestures without touching it.