AMSTERDAM: CANADIAN PHONE FIRM Blackberry has said that its upcoming Qwerty smartphone, the Blackberry Q10 will be hitting the UK "sometime in April".
Speaking with The INQUIRER during a demonstration of the device at the Blackberry Jam conference in Amsterdam today, Blackberry's head of software, Vivek Bhardwaj said that the Blackberry Q10 will arrive in the UK in approximately two months.
"We are just bringing the final touches to the software and we expect to launch this product in April, so not long to go," Bhardwaj said.
However, Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins said earlier this week that the US won't see the Blackberry Q10 until as late as May or June, six to eight weeks after the Blackberry Z10 is launched there in March.
Though Blackberry's new Qwerty smartphone needs some software tweaks before it hits the market, the Blackberry Q10 is ready in terms of hardware.
Measuring 10.4mm thick and weighing 139g, the Blackberry Q10 looks like older Blackberry models on first glance, but on closer inspection, users will notice that it features a robust glass weave construction on the back, which Blackberry claims is twice as strong as plastic. There's also a stainless steel frame that wraps around the Blackberry Q10, making it more robust and expensive looking than previous Blackberry smartphones.
Blackberry didn't reveal how much the Blackberry Q10 will cost when it hits the UK, as well as how long its battery is set to last between charges, despite claiming that it's the most powerful battery it has built into a smartphone yet. µ