Blackberry received a positive response when they announced Blackberry Z10 and Blackberry Q10. Both the devices are great, and Z10 is a full touch screen device, much like the iPhone and other popular Android devices from various manufacturers, whereas the Q10 comes with the quality hardware qwerty keyboard that BBs are always known for.
The Canadian company put the Z10 on sale immediately in the U.K, and the device is expected to come to US in mid-March. Blackberry Q10 will be put on sale in about six to eight weeks after the launch on Z10. The Q10 is an interesting device and it can sell in great numbers as there are a lot of buyers craving for it, and it’s a niche segment with not many players delivering quality devices, but blackberry has decided not to launch it right away. CEO Thorsten Heins has given 2 reasons for the delay of Q10. The first reason is that Z10 is much more complex, hence the team concentrated more on that device and as a result completed it first. The other reason is that the BYOD scheme is catching up quickly in the business world. BYOD means Bring Your Own Device, which basically means that the employer allows the employee to bring his own device to workplace and allow him to access privileged information on his own device instead of carrying a separate company device. Once BB started getting boring, a large amount of business users moved on to iPhone and Android products, but now that BB has made a comeback with a totally redesigned operating system which is much more interesting from consumer point of view, BB will also try to get back into the ballgame of workplace with the Z10 which can compete with iPhone and Android in terms of functionality with added security features and fun.
Now that we know that Q10 will be launched in mid-April/May time frame, Telus, a Canadian carrier has put the device up for pre-registration. The carrier has not given any details on the pricing, and it is taking only taking contact information for the phone from those who “pre-register”. Once the exact date of launch is known, the carrier will notify all on its list. This is coming a week after Rogers, a major Canadian carrier, put the Q10 up for pre-registration.
Z10 of course will have the widest appeal, but Q10 will capture the market of qwerty lovers. The phone has been announced, but there’s no firm details on pricing or specs either. The final specs are also kept under the wrap and still aren’t completely finalized. Below is a spec sheet of Q10 that is widely spread on the Internet:
• 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
The Q10 will surely not make a huge wave in the mainstream arena. What’s your thought on Q10? Let us know!