The Blackberry Q10 is the heir apparent and saviour that will propel BlackBerry, at least in the premium smartphone segment, a few percentage points higher than its sibling the Z10 achieved (iTWire review here).
I spent a week with a Z10 (actually considerably longer as I quite liked it) so read up on all the BlackBerry 10 operating system in this iTWire article.
I also wrote extensively about the Q10 in May (see ITWire article here) but as it is only a few sleeps away here is a basic overview.
- 3.1”, 720x720, 330ppi, Super AMOLED display (square)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 1.5GHz dual core processor
- 2GB ram, 16GB storage, microSD slot (32GB max)
- MicroUSB and Micro HDMI (very good for presentations)
- Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and Wi-Fi N
- GPS and GLONASS and BlackBerry Maps (basic navigation)
- LTE 4G data and 3G voice
- 2100 mAh battery 13.5 hrs talk time and 14.8 days standby
- 2MP 720p front and 8MP 1080p rear camera
Music, Videos, Pictures, Camera, Picture Editor, BlackBerry® Story Maker, BlackBerry® Hub, Universal Search, Email & Social messaging, BlackBerry® Calendar, Contacts, BlackBerry® Browser, Text Messaging, Messages, Clock, Calculator, Documents To Go™, Print to Go, File Manager, Adobe® Reader, BlackBerry® Remember (memos/tasks combo), Phone, BBM, BlackBerry® World™, Facebook®1, Twitter®1, LinkedIn®1, Foursquare®, Games, YouTube®, Weather, BlackBerry® Maps, Smart Tags (NFC), Setup, Help, BBM™ Video
The Q10 is expected to be available for purchase with competitive pricing plans from carrier partners Optus and Telstra on July 1 and 2, respectively, and from retailers Harvey Norman and JB HiFi.
From Tuesday 2 July 2013 Telstra Business/Consumer customers will be able to take up the BlackBerry® Q10 at Telstra stores on the $60/mth Business Performance Plan/Every Day ConnectTM with a $11 handset repayment per month (after using their MRO bonus) with $600 worth of included calls and MMS, unlimited SMS and 1GB of data, all to standard Australian numbers (excludes use overseas) each month. Minimum cost over 24 months is $1704 and 2 minute standard call is $2.38, excess data $0.10/MB.
BlackBerry Q10 can be purchsed outright for $744.
The BlackBerry Q10 is not compatible with existing BES or BIS plans.