The release date of BlackBerry Q10 in US was initially scheduled eight to ten weeks after the official release date of its full-touch sibling, the BlackBerry Z10, which will release in late May or early June.
However, recent reports coming directly from BlackBerry’s CEO, Thorsten Heins, suggest that the US gadget enthusiasts looking forward to purchasing this QWERTY keypad smartphone may be able to get their hands on it sooner than they expected.
Launched alongside the BlackBerry Z10 in January, the BlackBerry Q10 is the first BlackBerry 10-powered device to feature a QWERTY keyboard. The handset also features a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a HD content appealing 720x720p resolution. Powering the device along is a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 chipset and 2GB of RAM.
The Q10 will ship with 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot where you can slot an additional 64GB.
Other notable specifications in Q10 include: 8-megapixel camera, 2100mAh battery, and NFC. You also get all the benefits of BlackBerry’s new BB10 operating system.
Last month, the company announced it would begin rolling out in global markets from April, while retailer Phones-Unlocked.com recently began offering a SIM-free handset for delivery on April 26.
According to Unlocked-Mobiles a SIM-free BlackBerry Q10 will set you back at £529.98 (around $800/Aus$770) – that’s more than the flagship BlackBerry Z10 which is currently floating around the £500 (Aus$700) mark.
Though, a BlackBerry spokesperson has told: “We haven’t confirmed any pricing or availability for the Q10 as yet”, so we’re left playing the waiting game for now.