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BlackBerry Q10 UK release date set for April 26 as Selfridges exclusive

The first QWERTY keyboard hosting BB10 handset is on the horizon, with BlackBerry revealing that the BlackBerry Q10 UK release date has been set as April 26 as a Selfridges exclusive.

Making the announcement via the official BlackBerry UK Twitter feed, the Canadian handset manufacturer has confirmed that iconic retailer Selfridges will hold a three day period of exclusivity on the BlackBerry Q10, with the QWERTY toting device to go on sale this Friday, April 26.

“BIG NEWS: The #BlackBerryQ10 is available exclusively at @Selfridges THIS FRI/SAT/SUN! Pre-order yours now,” an official company spokesperson stated via the @UK_BlackBerry Twitter feed.

Further confirming its exclusive stocking of the BlackBerry Z10 sibling, Selfridges has stated that the BlackBerry Q10 will be “exclusive to Selfridges this weekend.” The retailer added: “Packed full of innovative features, the new BlackBerry Q10 launches exclusively at Selfridges this Friday.”

Encouraging eager BB10 handset owners to reserve the device now in order to be amongst the first to get their mitts on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One rival, the retailer has confirmed a lofty BlackBerry Q10 price tag, with the first QWERTY loving BB10 handset to set wannabe owners back a hefty £579.99 on a SIM-free basis.

Hinting that the as yet unconfirmed general BlackBerry Q10 release date will be held on Monday April 29, BlackBerry has confirmed that the first Q10 sales will kick off on the same day as the Samsung Galaxy S4 release date.

Formally unveiled back in January alongside the Z10, the BlackBerry Q10 features a raft of high-end innards with the physical QWERTY keyboard and BB10 innards surrounded by a 10.4mm thick, 139g in weight form factor.

Playing host to 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM, the BlackBerry Q10 specs sheet sees a 3.1-inch 720p HD display line up alongside a zippy 1.5GHz dual-core processor. With an 8-megapixel camera positioned on the handset’s rear, a second, 2.-megapixel snapper sits up front.

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