Canadian wireless carrier TELUS has kicked off the pre-orders for the new BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, confirming that the device would arrive on shelves in the country before the end of the month.According to the wireless carrier’s pre-order page, users who reserve the device will receive it starting with April 29.
“Devices will begin shipping April 29th. Please allow 2-3 business days for delivery,” the wireless carrier notes on the aforementioned page on its website.
The second handset to run under the new BlackBerry 10 operating system from the Canadian mobile phone maker BlackBerry sports a price tag of $199 with the signing of a three-year contract agreement at TELUS, but can also be purchased contract-free, at $700 ($689 USD / 528 Euro).
BlackBerry Q10 will arrive on shelves with all the features and capabilities that the new mobile platform has to offer to users, while also adding some enhancements, to fit its physical QWERTY keyboard.
“Introducing the new BlackBerry Q10 smartphone. Every feature, every part of this BlackBerry 10 smartphone has been crafted with precision and designed for ultimate performance. It delivers all the speed and connectivity you demand to help keep you moving,” TELUS notes.
The specifications list of BlackBerry Q10 includes a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen capable of delivering a 720 x 720 pixel resolution, along with a 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, paired with 2GB of RAM.
Furthermore, the smartphone sports 16GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot to expand it, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS receiver, and a Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery that can deliver up to 10 hours of talk time.
On top of that, the BlackBerry Q10 arrives on the market with an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back with LED flash and full HD video recording capabilities, complemented by a 2MP front camera for making video calls.