When the BlackBerry 10 operating system and a pair of smartphones to run it were unveiled today, BlackBerry did not forget its core audience of QWERTY lovers: they are getting the Q10. This will likely be the best thing since sliced bread to neglected Bold owners.
It features the tried-and-true BlackBerry design, but thanks to BlackBerry 10 and its swipe-based navigation, the traditional BlackBerry keys and optical nav pad are gone. It their places are keys that are 30% larger than previous Bolds, and a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a 720 x 720 resolution (360 ppi). The keys are also straight across the device, unlike older BlackBerries, which had a slight curve to the keys across the device.
Otherwise, the Q10 sports the same specs as the Z10, including 2GB of RAM and a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, as well as the same version of BB10, though it’s been adjusted to fit to the 1:1 ratio of the display. Also, because of the different designs, the keyboard suggestions naturally can’t appear in line with the keys as they do with the virtual keyboard. You’ll find them on the bottom of the display.
The Q10 is likely not as tough at the old Bolds, which could easily withstand a drop or 10. Just like the Z10, it could likely survive the occasional fall, but its touch display is more vulnerable to cracking than past models.
This smartphone is still some time away from being introduced, but as that date gets closer you can expect an in-depth review of the BlackBerry Q10.
In the mean time, check out our BlackBerry 10 Hands-On Preview.