The second BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the Q10 has just been tipped for an April 30 launch in Canada. It appears that one of the first carriers to offer the handset is Rogers, but other operators might offer the BlackBerry Q10 as well.The folks over at MobileSyrup have just published a Rogers internal document, which confirms that BlackBerry Q10 is set to hit shelves on April 30.
The smartphone is likely to go on sale in Europe around the same timeframe as well, though we don’t have any confirmation yet.
In the same piece of news, Rogers plans to launch the affordable Nokia Lumia 520 as well, along with the Doro PhoneEasy 520x and Doro PhoneEasy 620 handsets aimed at seniors.
The Windows Phone 8 device is expected to arrive at Rogers on May 6, while the two feature phones are likely to land on the carrier’s airwaves in mid-June.
With the Q10, the Canadian company would have launched both its BlackBerry 10 smartphones, but rumor has it the handset maker is likely to release some budget-friendly BlackBerry 7 devices as well.
Unlike the full-touch BlackBerry Z10, the Q10 comes with full QWERTY keyboard. The smartphone sports an unusual 3.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display that supports 720 x 720 pixels resolution (328ppi).
Hardware-wise, the phone comes equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processor, which is complemented by a PowerVR SGX544 graphics processing unit and 2GB of RAM.
The Q10 packs 16GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 64GB via microSD card slot for memory expansion.
On the back, BlackBerry Q10 boasts an 8-megapixel photo snapper with autofocus, LED flash and HD (720p) video recording, while on the front, there’s a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls. Stay tuned for more updates on the phone’s availability and price tag.