BlackBerry Q10 unofficially priced at £530, dated for April 26 release

BlackBerry Q10 unofficially priced at £530, dated for April 26 releaseFor many traditional BlackBerry users, the arrival of the QWERTY-packing Q10 – and not the all-touch Z10 that's already here – will represent the moment the BlackBerry 10 revolution truly kicks off.

But be warned, getting on the Q10 bandwagon is going to cost you: the BlackBerry Q10 has been priced SIM-free at a pocket-draining £529.98.

Unlocked-Mobiles is willing to take your money – and a lot of it too – for the privilege of pre-ordering the Q10, and says stock will be arriving on April 26, which is consistent with existing information we've heard so far.

Given BlackBerry's rich history with QWERTY, the fact that the full-touch Z10 would launch ahead of the button-friendly Q10 was initially seen as controversial when the news emerged mid-last year.

But in truth, it's likely only that same history that's seeing BlackBerry keep faith with QWERTY at all, considering there have been precisely zero other mid- to high-end keyboard-equipped smartphones launched recently.

If you do reckon the Q10's price is worth paying (or decide to grab it on contract, which will be way more affordable in the short term), you'll be getting a device with a square 3.1in Super AMOLED touchscreen with a 720 x 720 resolution.

On the inside it has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage plus 8MP/2MP cameras and both 4G and NFC support.

As such it's a huge step forward specification-wise on classic QWERTY BlackBerrys such as the Bold 9900. But with the modern aversion for buttons, it'll still be doing well to sell anywhere nearly as well.

For the record, BlackBerry has pointed out that it has yet to tell anyone the price or on-sale date for the BlackBerry Q10, so Unlocked-Mobiles is either acting on its best guess or has someone on the inside feeding it info.

Via TechRadar

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 09:16

That is crazy. Sorry, I really enjoyed the Bold 9900 (lets not mention the "camera"), but that was already ridiculously overpriced... Now this?

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 09:51

So this is launching at the same price, on the same day as the Galaxy S4...smart move, BlackBerry, smart move...

ryangiggs  Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:16

drool. want one

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:21

So this is launching at the same price, on the same day as the Galaxy S4...smart move, BlackBerry, smart move...
Yes. But then: There aren't any QWERTY alternatives that side of the [email protected] But that isn't enough, BB...not enough!

mightyforest  Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:23

ouch didnt expect it to be that much, really was expecting around 399 tops, gonna struggle to interest even the die hardest BB fans

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:27

So this is launching at the same price, on the same day as the Galaxy S4...smart move, BlackBerry, smart move...
Yes. But then: There aren't any QWERTY alternatives that side of the [email protected] But that isn't enough, BB...not enough!

Still, launching on the same day, at the same price, as what's likely to be 2013's second most popular phone (lets face it; the inevitable, and inevitably boring, iPhone 5S will still sell more than the S4) is absolute madness.

Then again, absolute madness seems to be BB's business model of choice, so it doesn't really surprise me too much.

ryangiggs  Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:29

So this is launching at the same price, on the same day as the Galaxy S4...smart move, BlackBerry, smart move...
Yes. But then: There aren't any QWERTY alternatives that side of the [email protected] But that isn't enough, BB...not enough!

Still, launching on the same day, at the same price, as what's likely to be 2013's second most popular phone (lets face it; the inevitable, and inevitably boring, iPhone 5S will still sell more than the S4) is absolute madness.

Then again, absolute madness seems to be BB's business model of choice, so it doesn't really surprise me too much.


Nail on the head there- I hope for their sake they can make it work.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 11:05

€399 prepay or €449 sim-free I would order one without trying it first. For £500+ I won't even touch the instore dummie

timy  Mar. 22, 2013 at 11:49

offical price , or just some website having a stab in the dark??
http://www.unlocked-mobiles.com/sim-free-mobile-phones/blackberry-q10-sim-free-p-84343.html
check out the prices of some of their other handsets, probably a bit over priced all round.

and i dont see the release date being a problem, if you like keyboards you aint gonna buy a samsung

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 12:16

offical price , or just some website having a stab in the dark??
http://www.unlocked-mobiles.com/sim-free-mobile-phones/blackberry-q10-sim-free-p-84343.html
check out the prices of some of their other handsets, probably a bit over priced all round.

and i dont see the release date being a problem, if you like keyboards you aint gonna buy a samsung
Actually, I have a colleague standing right beside me - she used BBs for years. Went into CPW last year to upgrade her 9800 to a 9900...Left CPW with an SGS3. Nuts, I know :p But not unheard of ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 13:14

Judging by market share figures, I'm sure lots of ex-BB users now use high-end Samsung devices or iPhones, both of which are purely touchscreen.

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