The BlackBerry Q10 with a physical keyboard is here: What's the scoop?
22 April 2013

The BlackBerry Q10 with a physical keyboard is here: What's the scoop?

This smartphone will likely be appealing to consumers who still crave BlackBerry’s full keyboard but want to have the new operating system.

The BlackBerry Q10 is the second BlackBerry 10 smartphone. The Q10 has a more traditional BlackBerry form factor with a physical keyboard, but doesn’t have the traditional navigation keys or optical trackpad.

Despite the physical keyboard, it will still leverage the SwiftKey-powered prediction in a more traditional suggestion bar at the bottom of the display. The BlackBerry Q10 will also make use of the traditional BlackBerry keyboard shortcuts.

The most significant feature of the BlackBerry Z10 is the operating system. Though the primary focus on communication hasn’t changed in the software experience, the user interface has moved from one that relies on physical buttons to gestures.

The virtual keyboard for BlackBerry 10 uses a prediction engine powered by SwiftKey which makes suggestions based on personalized usage on a per-app basis. Suggested words appear above the next letter on the keyboard, and are picked by swiping up from that key.

Why Is The Q10 Important?

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IDC senior mobility analyst Krista Napier said the phone will likely be appealing to consumers who still crave BlackBerry’s full keyboard but want to have the new operating system.

“There are still people who really like having that physical keyboard and they’re really the dominate player in the market from that perspective,” Napier said. “They have a history of delivering QWERTY keyboards . . . it’s very iconic for them.”

It’s especially important because BlackBerry is no longer No. 1 in the Canadian smartphone market, she said.

“They’re fighting for a more niche place in the market now,” she said. “I think it’s going to make more than the launch of the Q10 to really change things for BlackBerry.”

Canadian Availability

Bell, Telus and Rogers said the phone will be available for $199 on three-year terms.

The Specs

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA
4G Network LTE
SIM Yes
Announced 2013, January
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2013, April
Body Dimensions 119.6 x 66.8 x 10.4 mm (4.71 x 2.63 x 0.41 in)
Weight 139 g (4.90 oz)
Keyboard QWERTY
Display Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 720 pixels, 3.1 inches (~328 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 16 GB storage, 2 GB RAM
Data GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, HSUPA
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, image stabilization, face detection
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps
Secondary Yes, 2 MP, 720p
Features OS BlackBerry 10 OS
Chipset TI OMAP 4470
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9
GPU PowerVR SGX544
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM 6
Browser HTML5
Radio TBD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
Colors Black, White
 - SNS integration
- HDMI port
- BlackBerry maps
- Organizer
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer
- MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player
- DivX/XviD/MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
Battery   Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery
Stand-by
Talk time Up to 10 h
Official Launch Announcement of Q10
Introducing the BlackBerry Q10 - Vodafone Tech Team