Home Your Tech Mobility BlackBerry Q10 QWERTY down under 1 July

OK Crackberry fans – out with the old and in with the new. Your fix has arrived.

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
  • 139g

Preloaded apps

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.

Telstra advises

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.

 

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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