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BlackBerry Q10 release date confirmed for April

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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