If the BlackBerry Z10 is designed to hit at the heart of rival firms by beating them at their own game, the Q10 is a bit of a throwback to the manufacturer’s older devices, because like many models before it you get a full physical QWERTY keypad.
This is relegated to the bottom third of the Q10′s front face, with the rest occupied by a 3.1 inch AMOLED display.
The screen is of course touch sensitive, which means you can interact with BB10 features as you would on the Z10. However, when it comes to entering text, the keypad should make people who own a BlackBerry Bold or Curve feel right at home.
What sets the Q10 apart from its predecessors is that BlackBerry has finally decided to do away with the cluster of navigation keys which usually forced it to dedicate more of the front of the phone to physical keys. Because BB10 is optimised for touchscreens, there is less need for an optical trackpad and call buttons and this new device looks all the better for it.
One advantage of the Q10′s smaller screen is that the pixel density does not take so much of a hit. In fact the BlackBerry Q10 has an iPhone 5-beating 330ppi rating, so what it lacks in pure area it more than makes up for in clarity and definition.
The Q10 may look quite different to the Z10 on the surface, but underneath they are actually rather similar.
You get the same 1.5GHz dual core processor and 2GB of RAM combination that helps the BB10 operating system to feel fluid. There is even an 8 megapixel camera on the back which should take comparably competent snaps while you are out and about.
The Q10 is a little chunkier than its sibling at 10.3mm thick, but it wears its added bulk well and manages to feel light without also coming across as a bit cheap. Some have even suggested that it is actually the better looking of the two new arrivals, although that is a matter of personal taste.
- Display – 3.1 inches (328 pixels per inch)
- QWERTY keypad
- 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
- Camera – 8 megapixel, with secondary camera.
- Wi-Fi, 3G, BBM, Bluetooth, NFC, microHDMI
- Internal memory – 16GB storage, 2GB RAM
- Expandable memory – up to 64GB via microSD
- Removable Battery – 2100mAh
The BlackBerry 2013 release schedule is set to fill up with even more handsets over the coming weeks, because this is a manufacturer keen to reinstate itself as a major player in a market that had all but deserted it.
Expected for UK release in April, the Q10 will be available soon from mobiles.co.uk. Visit our site for the latest BlackBerry offers.