BlackBerry Q10’s UK Launch Was Successful, Analysts Claim

The smartphone will arrive on shelves in Canada later this week

On Friday, Canadian mobile phone maker BlackBerry made available for purchase in the UK its second smartphone running under the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, namely the Q10.

This is also the first device in the series to sport a physical QWERTY keyboard, and the company has already registered success with it, it seems.

According to Peter Misek, analyst at Jefferies, the BlackBerry Q10 has been received very well in the UK over the weekend.

The phone was made available for purchase at the Carphone Warehouse and through the high-end Selfridges department stores, and the analyst firm notes that stock was depleted soon.

Furthermore, the research firm claims that the BlackBerry Z10, the first smartphone to have been launched with the new BlackBerry 10 OS loaded on top, is selling well too.

"Our checks indicate that initial sell-in was 50+ per store and that this initial stock was quickly sold out," Peter Misek said, according to a recent article on streetinsider.

"Salespeople were well-versed on the device and there was more apparent buzz vs. the Z10 launch," the analyst also continued.

Apparently, sales of the BlackBerry Z10 continue to remain strong in key markets such as Canada, the UK, and the US, which sounds pretty good for the handset vendor.

Currently available only in the UK, the BlackBerry Q10 is expected to be put up for sale in Canada as well on May 1, while set to hit shelves in the United States later that month.

The smartphone was launched with a 3.1-inch touchscreen display, a QWERTY keyboard, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory.

Furthermore, it sports a microSD memory card slot with support for up to 32GB of external storage space, an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, front camera for making video calls, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, NFC, LTE, and the usual set of sensors.

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