BlackBerry officially announces qwerty equipped Q10


RIM has been working hard on BlackBerry 10 platform from past few months and after rebranding itself as BlackBerry, the company has now officially announced the new platform along with two new devices including BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10.

Unlike the Z10, which is a full touchscreen device, the BlackBerry Q10 comes with the signature physical qwerty keyboard that BlackBerry brand is popular for. It comes with a 3.1 inch screen, and just like the Bold 9900, the screen is touchscreen enabled, so basically it has best of both worlds. Below is a video which shows the new Q10:

Here’s a brief spec sheet of BlackBerry Q10
• Display: 3.1-inch 720×720 pixels
• Processor: TI OMAP 1.5GHz dual-core
• Memory: 2GB RAM
• WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4/5GHz
• GPS: Assisted, Autonomous, and Simultaneous GPS
• Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
• Connectivity: NFC, microUSB , microHDMI-Out, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy

Unlike the Z10 which is available in some countries right away, the Q10 will be available only in the month of April. The Z10 will be coming to US in mid-March. Powering the Q10 is a dual core processor clocked at 1.5 Ghz. It’s not known how big the battery inside this device is, but apparently this device will be having the largest one the company has ever put in its smartphone. The device will come in two colors, white and black and will be carried by all the major U.S. carriers including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.

The Q10 sports a special glass fiber back, which BlackBerry claims to be thinner, stronger and lighter than plastic. The keyboard layout is uniformly straight, as the rows maintain a straight format, as opposed to the slight curve from before. Thanks to the Super AMOLED screen, the colors are vibrant and blacks are really black. The screen comes with a pixel density of 360ppi which is very much respectable according to today’s smartphone standards. The reason behind delay of Q10’s availability seems to be the fact that all the 70,000 apps in the BlackBerry World are designed for Blackberry Z10 and the company will be soon releasing the SDK and alpha devices of Q10 using which developers can modify their apps and make it compatible for Q10.

In my opinion, BlackBerry should be concentrating equally on Q10, and perhaps they are losing out on a lot of opportunity because there are so many people out there wanting to buy a good smartphone with best hardware keyboard. The Canadian technology major is hoping that the Z10 will help them re-kindle the love for brand which was previously taking on Apple and Google.

To conclude, the Q10 will surely succeed among people who love hardware qwerty keyboard. Both, Z10 and Q10 are going to be priced $200 on contract, so it all boils down to whether the user needs a hardware keyboard or not. What are your thoughts on BlackBerry Q10? Are you interested in buying one for yourself? Let us know using the comment section below.

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