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BlackBerry Q10 release date confirmed for April

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The BlackBerry Q10 release date has been confirmed for April, with BlackBerry dating the arrival of its first physical QWERTY keyboard toting BB10 handset just a week after the BlackBerry Z10 hit retailers.

Officially unveiled alongside the BlackBerry Z10, the BlackBerry Q10 release date has been confirmed a week after its 4.2-inch touchscreen hosting sibling first went on sale, ensuring focus was not detracted from the brand’s flagship BlackBerry 10 handset.

“We expect the first global carriers to launch the BlackBerry Q10 in April,” an official BlackBerry spokesperson told TrustedReviews. “We will announce new pricing and availability information as carriers roll-out around the world. We are working closely with our carrier partners to accelerate their testing process, but cannot offer any specifics on US availability.”

With the BlackBerry Z10 launched in the UK a week before yesterday’s Canadian launch and more than a month before the device is set to touch down in the US, it is expected that the more business orientated BlackBerry Q10 will feature a less staggered rollout.

BlackBerry Q10 Specs

Pairing a smaller 3.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display with a 720 x 720p resolution with the trademark BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard, the BlackBerry Q10 specs sheet sees the BlackBerry Bold replacement host a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

Measuring in at 10.4mm thick and a reasonable 139g in weight, the BlackBerry Q10 features 2GB of RAM and 16GB or integrated storage, expandable via microSD. The newly confirmed April BlackBerry Q10 release date is to see the device launch in both black and white colour forms.

With the newly launched BlackBerry 10 OS taking pride of place, the BlackBerry Q10 specs collection is rounded off by an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera, a second, forward-facing snapper and 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities. An 1800mAh Lithium-Ion battery supplies the BlackBerry Q10 staying power.

Have you dodged the BlackBerry Z10 in favour of the upcoming BlackBerry Q10 or do you see physical keyboards as dated and no longer essential? Let us know via the TrustedReviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

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kupfernigk

February 7, 2013, 2:41 pm

I'm still holding onto a legacy Palm Pre 3 because I like keyboards. The Blackberry Torch frankly wasn't very good and its keyboard was a lot slower, while the 9900 lacked a decent camera and the display was too small. If the keyboard is at least as good as my present one I am very likely indeed to buy a Q10, mainly because the Pre gets no support and the browser is becoming a problem. A 3.1 inch screen is just about big enough for everyday use - but then I have a backup tablet for looking at anything more complicated than a message, gps or weather report. The overall specification means it should be good enough for at least 4 years.
[edit] oh, and it's a great deal more ergonomic than a rectangular slab. Pebble shaped phones are just that much easier to hold securely.

Wheats....

February 8, 2013, 10:09 am

Like most adults and business users I am not a fan of touch screens and much prefer using a proper qwerty keyboard. Q10 will rule the business sector until Samsung and the like see the light and produce something we want. Touch screen only mobiles will go the way of the LED watch.

rustyknight17

February 10, 2013, 2:07 am

R u talking about the 9800m or the 9810 , and if the latter what di u see wrong with it /

Kev

February 17, 2013, 12:02 am

I am waiting for the Q10 although my 9900 has been doing my head in for some time now so it is difficult seeing the Z10 out there. I just can't be dealing with staring at a screen to type though

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