The BlackBerry Q10 with a physical keyboard is here: What's the scoop?
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?
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.”
Bell, Telus and Rogers said the phone will be available for $199 on three-year terms.
|General||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|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)|
|Display||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||720 x 720 pixels, 3.1 inches (~328 ppi pixel density)|
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration, MP3 ringtones|
|Memory||Card slot||microSD, up to 64 GB|
|Internal||16 GB storage, 2 GB RAM|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4.0 with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|Camera||Primary||8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, image stabilization, face detection|
|Secondary||Yes, 2 MP, 720p|
|Features||OS||BlackBerry 10 OS|
|Chipset||TI OMAP 4470|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM 6|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Yes, MIDP 2.1|
|- SNS integration|
- HDMI port
- BlackBerry maps
- 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|
|Talk time||Up to 10 h|