The BlackBerry Q10 is said to be selling well in Canada and the UK according to industry analysts.
Launched last Friday April 26, the full QWERTY keyboard BlackBerry Q10 smartphone “has been selling extremely well” in the British and Canadian markets.
The second smartphone to run BlackBerry’s new BlackBerry 10 OS after the flagship BlackBerry Z10, but the BlackBerry Q10 is thought to appeal to loyal BlackBerry fans due to its physical keyboard.
“Our checks indicate broad sell-outs with generally limited stock otherwise,” said Jeffries bank analyst Pete Misek. “Based on our store checks, the BlackBerry Q10 has been selling extremely well and has been sold out or seeing limited availability in Toronto and across the UK.”
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has already predicted that the BlackBerry Q10 will sell “tens of millions” of units due to the sheer amount of early interest in the handset.
“We have very, very good first signs already after the launch in the UK,” said Heins. “This is going into the installed base of more than 70 million BlackBerry users so we have quite some expectations. We expect several tens of millions of units.”
The BlackBerry Q10 went on sale exclusively at Selfridges in the UK at first, where it became Selfridges fastest selling gadget with initial stock selling out across the three stores in 2 hours.
“The BlackBerry Q10 has been, without a doubt, the most highly antipated smartphone we ahv ever sold and is already our most successful,” said Julian Slim, Selfridges’ Head of Home and Leisure. “The BlackBerry Q10 blends the power of the BlackBerry 10 platform with the hugely successful BlackBerry physical QWERTY keyboard and is a perfect combination for BlackBerry customers.”
Following the three-day exclusivity at Selfridges, the BlackBerry Q10 was made available to a selection of British smartphone retailers and UK network providers.
Building on the past success of physical QWERTY BlackBerry handsets, the BlackBerry Q10 has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM, 3.1-inch touchscreen display, a 2100mAh Lithium-Ion battery and 16GB of internal storage expandable via microSD.