BlackBerry Announces Its Q10, The Grand Return of QWERTY

Today’s BlackBerry event is more than just about a platform launch: it’s about new hardware! We’ve been looking forward to two BlackBerry 10 handsets, the full-touch Z10, and a hardware-QWERTY model we thought would be the X10. Well, a good event could always use a few surprises, and that keyboard model turns out to be the Q10, instead (Q for QWERTY, get it?).

Unlike the BlackBerry Z10 with its widescreen 4.2-inch display, the Q10 goes for a smaller square screen to make room for the keyboard. The Q10’s rear panel is covered by what the company calls a glass-weave structure, which contributes strength to the handset’s design while keeping things thin. The phone’s keyboard is supposedly the widest yet on a BlackBerry phone, and the phone’s battery is similarly the largest the company’s ever used.

The Q10 will go up for sale sometime this April.


Source: BlackBerry

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