The latest BlackBerry on everybody’s minds is no doubt the Q10, eager to see what a classic BlackBerry design and that hardware QWERTY keyboard can do to drive interest in the new platform. The Q10 isn’t the only device we’ve seen rocking that form factor, and some rumors and leaks have supported the idea that the BlackBerry R10 could eventually arrive as the budget alternative for BB 10 fans who still want a hardware keyboard. Today we get another look at the handset, this time in bold red.
While the general layout matches the Q10, it doesn’t take long to notice where the R10 is distinct; from the keyboard design to the bezel, the R10 is very much its own smartphone.
Supposedly, the R10 could become available sometime during the third quarter of the year, selling in the $300-$400 range. We know, that doesn’t scream “budget” like maybe the Lumia 521 does, but it’s a heck of a lot more affordable than the north-of-$700 prices we’ve seen attached to Q10 pre-orders.