The BlackBerry Q10 was announced by BlackBerry today, it’s one of two phones – along the the Z10 – running BB10 the new operating system and comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard.
But the phone is a bit of a mystery. At the launch, BlackBerry (formally RIM) made very little reference to the hardware and specifications, focusing instead on features of the BB10 UI. We welcome this emphasis on the user experience – a trait that makes a refreshing change to the specification race many other manufacturers seem to partake – but we want to know more about the phone.
With a little digging we’ve found out the BlackBerry Q10 has a dual-core processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory (expandable via microSD), HDMI out, NFC and 4G connectivity. The screen uses AMOLED technology, but there’s no news on resolution.
After the annoucement we had a brief run through of the phones features with a BlackBerry representative, but there was only one BlackBerry Q10 at the London launch, so time was limited.
Check out our video demonstration and hands-on photos after the break.
We were impressed with the Q10’s build – it feels solid, but bigger than its previous flagship the BlackBerry Bold 9900, with which it shares a striking similarity. It includes edge to edge glass and stainless steel accents and the screen uses AMOLED technology, resulting in deep blacks and bright colours.
The interface is totally different to BlackBerry OS, using multiple homescreens with large icons. There’s no trackpad either, instead navigate using a series of gestures – BlackBerry Flow.
The back of the phone incorporates what BlackBerry call a ‘glass weave’ a 3D structure BlackBerry thinner, lighter, yet stronger than plastic.
The main difference between the Z10 and Q10 is the full QWERTY keyboard, which looks a little like the BlackBerry Bold 9900, but wider and with vertical rather than curved frets. On the BlackBerry Z10 keyboard predictions appear over the corresponding keys, but here they appear at the bottom of the screen (check out the video above to find out more about this).
The BlackBerry Q10 is very much a phone of two worlds – offering the familiarty and high-quality build of BlackBerry handsets of old, but with a brand new operating system, different to anything on the market. It will be interesting to see how it’s receibed by customers when it’s available globally from April, there’s no news on pricing, but EE has confirmed it will be ranging the phone.