We’ve been hearing about BlackBerry 10 hardware for well over a year now, and along the way have seen dozens of leaks and read just as many rumors about what we could expect. Last fall, our idea of what RIM’s (now just BlackBerry’s) launch devices would be finally began to solidify, and we started looking forward to a full-touch device at launch, followed shortly thereafter by one sporting a hardware QWERTY keyboard. After going through a bunch of different names for these models, we finally zeroed-in on Z10 for the keyboard-less model, and today that phone finally went official. At the BlackBerry 10 launch event in Toronto, we got the opportunity to spend a little time going hands-on with this brand-new BB10 smartphone.

The Z10 runs a dual-core 1.5GHz OMAP 4470 SoC, has 2GB of RAM, and comes with 16GB of flash storage, expandable via microSD. It features a 4.2-inch IPS LCD with a 1280 x 768 resolution. There’s an eight-megapixel main camera, capable of recording 1080p video, along with a two-megapixel front-facer. The phone supports both Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC for connectivity with other devices. Although the Z10 only has an 1800mAh battery, RIM says you should be able to expect 10 hours of talk time, or up to 11 hours of video playback.

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