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 BlackBerry Q10 Out now
30th January 2013

One key feature that many BlackBerry users like about their phone is the physical keyboard, something that is becoming increasingly rare in the world of smartphones. But even though BlackBerry have taken a big step into the future with their new BlackBerry 10 platform, they haven't forgotten one of the features that sets BlackBerry devices apart.

At first glance, the BlackBerry Q10 looks like any other traditional BlackBerry device. The keyboard looks like the one on the Curve or Bold models, with the familiar arrangement of carefully-designed QWERTY keys. But above that is a much larger display than normal, and then it become apparent that there are a whole set of keys missing.. well, sort of missing.. because the BlackBerry Q10 relies very heavily on its touchscreen rather than physical keys.

In fact, when it comes to technical specifications, the Q10 is almost identical to the BlackBerry Z10 apart from the screen and keyboard. It share an identical 1.5Ghz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal flash storage, an 8 megapixel primary camera, a 2 megapixel secondary one, a  microHDMI port, GPS, NFC, LTE support plus all the usual smartphone features you would expect. As far as we can tell, the primary choice between the Q10 and Z10 is about the screen and keyboard.

 BlackBerry Q10 The display is a 3.1" 720 x 720 pixel touchscreen panel, which is certainly a step up from the fairly grim one found in the BlackBerry Bold 9900, but it is obviously not as desirable as the one in the Z10. There's no slide-down keyboard option as found in the Torch 9810. The choice is clear - keyboard or display? Everything else is pretty much equal.

Although it looks like a traditional BlackBerry on the outside, inside this is a completely different beast with a new operating system that actually looks like it belongs in 2013 rather than 2003. BlackBerry have also been working very hard to build up a new application library because old apps are not compatible, and it does seem that there will be a decent range to download when the Q10 becomes available.

Die-hard BlackBerry fans have waited a long, long time for this device to be launched. Unfortunately for BlackBerry, it is quite likely that many of those fans are now ex-fans instead. But it is likely that the Q10 will at least pick up some interest from those corporate customers still in the BlackBerry ecosystem, and from then on.. well, who knows? Perhaps if we had seen this phone two years ago then we might be more certain of success.

BlackBerry indicate that the Q10 should be available in several worldwide markets from Q2 2013 in black and white colour schemes, but the price is not known at the time of going to press.

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BlackBerry Q10 at a glance

Available:

Q2 2013

Network:

GSM + UMTS + LTE

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA + LTE

Screen:

3.1" 720 x 720 pixels

Camera:

8.0 megapixels (main)

2.0 megapixels (sub)

Size:

Messaging device

120 x 67 x 10.4mm / 139 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes (4.0)

Internal memory:

16GB

Memory card:

MicroSD

CPU:

1.5GHz dual-core

RAM:

2GB

Java:

Not specified

GPS:

Yes

OS:

BlackBerry 10

Battery life:

Not specified

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