Yesterday, I graced BlackBerry Philippines' invite for an exclusive media event in Makati City marking the official launch of BlackBerry Z10 in the country.

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BlackBerry Z10, the Canadian company's first handset to run the all-new BlackBerry 10 operating system, will hit store shelves nationwide on March 19, 2013 with an official suggested retail price of Php 29,990 -- that's Php 3,000 higher than the price tag of Nokia's current flagship phone, the Nokia Lumia 920, and around Php 3,000 less than TP's projected SRP for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4.

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Compatible with LTE networks from both Globe and Smart, BlackBerry Z10 comes replete with the best technical specifications on any BlackBerry phone currently out in the market. These specs include a 4.2 inch 768 x 1280 pixels display, 1.5 GHz Dual Core Krait processor, 2GB of RAM, a Full HD 1080p video recorder, an 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash, another 2MP shooter in front, 16GB of expandable internal storage, and an 1800 mAh battery pack delivering up to 10 hours of talk time.

Quoting myself in TP's BlackBerry Z10 Philippines post, "BlackBerry Z10 looks hot and [comes with decent innards] but the main selling point of this handset would have to be its all-new BlackBerry 10 operating system. While it has yet to prove itself as a worthy competitor to iOS, Android and even Windows Phone, the QNX-based platform nonetheless comes with unique features that can surely charm a lot of consumers. For one, it supports true multitasking, which other mobile operating system can only dream of having. And, of course, BB10 offers a gamut of cool enhancements, which include BlackBerry Balance for managing multiple profiles in one unit, BlackBerry Hub for keeping all messages, emails, and social networking accounts in one neat location, the all-new Camera App that can take time-lapse shots helping you get the best shot possible, and the new Flow user interface, which is not only smooth but also lets you get more things done by allowing apps to work actively in the background."

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I've actually played with this flagship smartphone weeks before its formal introduction in the Philippines - thanks to my friend Frank Schuengel who had a unit shipped to his office in Makati a few days after BlackBerry Z10 was announced in New York last January. You can read my initial impressions about this handset in my BlackBerry Z10 Unboxing entry.

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At yesterday's event, one of the BlackBerry guys manning the experience booth gave me a quick demo of the BlackBerry Z10. He talked about the hardware, the specifications, the user interface, and even showed me how the camera works. I got everything on video so, if you will, just watch it here.