At the CES 2013, BlackBerry had talked about the two smartphones that they are going to release with the new BlackBerry 10 OS this year. The BlackBerry Z10 has been already released in US and is doing pretty well but it is no competition to the major brands like HTC One and Galaxy S4. Now, it’s time for the BlackBerry Q10 to release in US. What’s cool about the BlackBerry Q10 is that it is a QWERTY phone.
BlackBerry has always been known for QWERTY based phones. However, the sales of BlackBerry was doing down considerably until this year. There were several reasons behind the poor sales of BlackBerry such as boring products, less apps available, and unexciting operating system. Still, BlackBerry managed to survive and this year Z10 along with the new BlackBerry 10 OS has helped in achieving good sales in UK and US.
The BlackBerry Q10 which is soon going to be released in US has been already released in UK. Recent reports of BlackBerry 10’s sales in UK shows it’s sales are higher than that of iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 in France. It is performing very well in the European markets. It has also beaten the BlackBerry Z10. Even in Canada, the sales of BlackBerry Q10 have been very impressive.
BlackBerry feels that the Q10 will also perform quite well in US. The BlackBerry Q10 will be first available on Verizon which offers the best 4G LTE connectivity in US. The new QWERTY can be pre-ordered now from Verizon.
Users can visit Verizon’s website to place the pre-order for the BlackBerry Q10. It is available for $199. Verizon is offering both white and black colored version of the phone. After Verizon, the Q10 will be available with the other three major cellular service providers in US. However, the white colored Q10 will be only available with Verizon. T-Mobile has stated that they will be selling the BlackBerry Q10 from 5th June. The other two carriers like AT&T and Sprint have not expressed anything about selling the Q10.
On Verizon’s website, the shipped date of the device is mentioned as June 6th and currently device is available for purchase only through online. There is no confirmation yet on when the device will be available at Verizon’s retail shops. Customers can avail the BlackBerry Q10 for $199 provided that they agree to the two-year contract. The BlackBerry Q10 is also available without contract with Verizon for $599.
The BlackBerry Q10 is a very cool QWERTY phone which comes 3.1inch Super AMOLED touchscreen. It is powered with 1.5GHz CPU and 2GB RAM. The Q10 comes with an internal storage capacity of 16GB. The external memory comes with a capacity of 64GB. It is packed with a 8MP camera at the back which supports 1080p full HD video recording. At the front there is 2MP camera. The device runs on the newest BlackBerry 10 OS. Other features include HDMI port, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE connectivity and 2100mAh battery.