Brace yourself – the BlackBerry Q10 release date is as good as confirmed, with UK retailers having opened preorders and summarily revealed its price tag. And just as expected, the QWERTY keyboard AZ10 isn’t going to come cheap and at £530 for the unlocked version, it’s even more expensive than the show-stopping Sony Xperia Z.
For this reason alone, the BlackBerry Q10 has a massive amount to prove in order to make a name for itself. And as if this wasn’t a big enough challenge, Unlocked Mobiles has suggested that the release date for the Q10 will be April 26th in the UK – which just so happens to be the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch date.
Are they quite mad, or is the Q10 really that good?
Technically speaking, we already know almost everything there is to know about the BlackBerry Q10 and it’s therefore difficult to get too OTT excited about it. Not that it isn’t one of the most important, capable, pivotal and impressive devices ever to hit the market, but we’ve had the Z10 to pay with for quite some time now and therefore already know what the new BlackBerry 10 OS and device range is all about.
As far as specs and features are concerned, the BlackBerry Q10 packs a full QWERTY keyboard along with a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB RAM, an excellent 8-megapixel rear camera and 16GB of closet space that can be bumped up to 64GB with microSD..
BlackBerry now also has a good 100,000+ apps and games on offer for the BB10 OS, having made huge advances over the last couple of months.
Impressive to say the least, but does all of the above really add up to a package superior to the Sony Xperia Z or the Samsung Galaxy S4?
Well, it’s already something of a given that the Q10 will be on a mission to recapture the hearts of prior BlackBerry devotees and those still in love with physical QWERTY keyboards. By contrast, chances of it swaying the masses away from touchscreen addiction and toward smaller screens with large keyboards are zero – it just isn’t going to happen.
As such, it’s probably a case of those with the Q10 in mind already having their hearts set on it and not even thinking about the Sony Xperia Z or the Samsung Galaxy S4, just as fans of the latter two would probably scoff at the mention of the Q10.
Though for the same basic purposes, the devices are technically from two entirely different planets and for two very different markets…so best of luck to all of them!