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BlackBerry 10 R-series handset leaks with QWERTY keyboard in tow

With the BlackBerry Q10 now available for pre-order, attention as turned to future BB10 phones with a claimed BlackBerry 10 R-series device leaking online, QWERTY keyboard and all.

Expected to be a cheaper alternative to the flagship BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 offerings, the as yet unconfirmed BB10 R-series has made a premature appearance, with a teasing image claiming to be of the handset’s QWERTY input offering hitting the web courtesy of the BlackBerryOS forums.

Whilst the image offers little insight into the nature and capabilities of the device, further reports have suggested the handset will feature just 8GB of internal storage, half of the Q10, side-mounted microSD expansion and an 1800mAH Lithium-Ion battery.

With BlackBerry having yet to offer an official word of BB10 handsets past the Z10 and Q10, it is possible that a range of R-series devices could be at the company’s annual BlackBerry Live convention in Florida next month.

A potential unveiling that would fit with the mooted “late summer or early fall” release, it has been suggested that the entry-level, BlackBerry Curve replacing range will set wannabe owners back somewhere between $300 and $400 (£196 – £261).

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