BlackBerry’s second smartphone running on the latest BlackBerry OS 10 has just been released in Canada. The BlackBerry Q10 has just landed in Toronto and is available for customers of Bell, Rogers and Telus. The device costs $199 on a 3 year contract. It is also available contract free for around $625 to $700. The company announced that they are limiting the release of this device to Toronto for the first day or two to accommodate its high demand in Canada’s financial capital.
Early reports indicate that the demand for the Q10 is very high with people wanting to get no matter what carrier it is on. Rogers however has come up with a smart marketing plan by luring the undecided customers by offering a white version of the device as well as access to LTE connectivity.
According to chief operating officer Kristian, “The demand in Toronto is very, very strong, and we want to make sure we have enough supply.”
“We start off by selling it in the Greater Toronto Area, then we expand the coverage and bring BlackBerry Q10 to all Canadians who are waiting for it throughout the country over the next couple of days.”
The BlackBerry Q10 is the latest smartphone of the company that goes back to its roots by having a QWERTY keyboard aside from a touchscreen. Most of those who have already bought the device are businessmen, usually bankers and traders, who prefers to have a device that has a physical keyboard.
BlackBerry Q10 Technical Specifications
- BlackBerry 10 OS
- 3.1 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 720 x 720 pixels, 328 ppi
- TI OMAP 4470 Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9
- PowerVR SGX544
- 2 GB RAM
- 16 GB storage
- microSD, up to 64 GB
- 8 MP, autofocus, LED flash rear camera
- 1080p at 30fps video recording
- 2 MP, 720p front camera
- GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA, LTE
- Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery
One of the strongest features of this device is its keyboard which makes it easy for people to send messages. It also has a long battery life which allows you to use your device the whole day without needing to constantly recharge it.
This smartphone is expected to hit the US market by the end of this month however no specific date was provided.