BlackBerry (the company formerly known as Research in Motion) may be entering a new era in mobile platform but the Canadian giant sure hasn't forgotten the key features that made its pre-BB10 handsets a hit amongst its loyal fan base.
BlackBerry Q10, slated for April 2013 international release, offers a combination of a 3.1-inch 720 x 720 pixels Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and a familiar full QWERTY fretted keyboard that BlackBerry fans have grown to love on their BlackBerry smartphones through the years.
In Q4 2012, The Jared Company - a group of app developers for BlackBerry - conducted a survey of nearly 6,000 of its customers and found out that a whopping 68% of them prefer using a physical keyboard over full touchscreen. This is only one of the many studies showing just how much consumers enjoy using this legendary hardware feature of the BB handset, which - I believe - reached its best form in BlackBerry Bold 9900. If you're one of the millions of BB fans who simply can't let go of your handset's stellar keypad, then you'll be glad to know that the upcoming BlackBerry Q10 still gives you exactly that. Yes, the smartphone runs an all-new, totally revamped operating system but it's design identity and form factor are totally familiar.
BlackBerry Q10 is the most powerful touch and type device that the company has made to date. This handset runs BlackBerry 10 OS with its 1.5 GHz Dual Core TI OMAP 4470 and handles multitasking with 2GB of RAM. Other key technical specifications include an 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash, Full HD 1080p video recorder, a 2MP front camera, 16 GB of internal storage that you can expand using the microSD card slot, and an 1800 mAh removable Li-Ion battery pack. As for connectivity, Q10 supports WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, HSPA+, and even ultra-fast LTE that's now becoming increasingly more popular in the Philippines.
The handset has a great keyboard and a stellar set of specs but just like its sibling, the full touchscreen BlackBerry Z10, Q10's Blackberry 10 operating system remains to be its true highlight. Supporting true multitasking, which is virtually absent in other mobile operating systems, BB10 offers a slew of cool new features and enhancements including BlackBerry Balance for managing multiple profiles, an all-new Camera App that can take multiple time-lapse photos to give you the best image possible, BlackBerry Hub for keeping all emails, messages, and social networking accounts in just one neat section, and BlackBerry's new Flow UI that's not only smooth but also lets you accomplish more by allowing applications to work actively in the background.
So when will it hit store shelves in the Philippines and how much will it cost? Well, according to our friends at BlackBerry, BlackBerry Q10 will be released in 'key markets' this coming April and in the United States, it will be priced at $549 without contract. Locally, I believe it become available by around May at the latest with price tag ranging from Php 23,000 to Php 25,000. Note that that's simply our TP Guesstimate.
|Type||Touch and Type|
|Dimensions||TBD, 10.3 millimeters thickness|
|Available Colors||White, Black|
|Operating System||BlackBerry 10|
|Display||3.1 inches (~328 ppi pixel density), 720 x 720 pixels, Super AMOLED, 16M colors, capacitive touchscreen|
|Processor||Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 PowerVR SGX544 GPU TI OMAP 4470 chipset|
|RAM||2 GB RAM|
|Internal Storage||16 GB (to be confirmed), expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB|
|Camera||8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus and LED flash, 2 MegaPixels front camera|
|Video Capture||Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second, front: 720p 30fps|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC/DivX/XviD/MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player|
|Ports||HDMI, microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 800 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope|
|Battery||Li-Ion 1800 mAh|
|Value-Added Features||BB10 operating system, Fretted BlackBerry Keyboard|
|Announcement||In the US: January 30, 2013|
|Availability||Philippines: TP Guesstimate - April to May 2013|
|Price||In the US: $549, In the Philippines: TP Guesstimate - Php 23,000 to Php 25,000|