BlackBerry Q10 Release Confirmed For April

  • No specifics on availability
  • First BB10 handset to feature a QWERTY keyboard
  • Accelerates testing process

The BlackBerry Q10 release date has been set for April, but not all countries and carriers will enjoy the new BB 10 handset, said reports.

  • No specifics on availability
  • First BB10 handset to feature a QWERTY keyboard
  • Accelerates testing process

The BlackBerry Q10 release date has been set for April, but not all countries and carriers will enjoy the new BB 10 handset, said reports.

Although it was announced alongside the BlackBerry Z10, the Q10 has been held back by BlackBerry so consumers could focus on the fully touchscreen, flagship model.

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said last month that the Q10 (pictured) would be released this spring, but various reports later tipped a debut "eight to 10 weeks after" the touch-screen Z10 arrived in March. BlackBerry, however, confirmed on Wednesday that it is working with carrier partners to get the new device into consumers' hands by April. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.

"We expect the first global carriers to launch the BlackBerry Q10 in April. We will announce new pricing and availability information as carriers roll out around the world,” said Blackberry. "We are working closely with our carrier partners to accelerate their testing process, but cannot offer any specifics on US availability."

The Q10 is the first handset to feature a QWERTY keyboard alongside the firm's new BlackBerry 10 operating system and it will certainly appeal to those who can't live without a physical input method on their smartphone.

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