CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Blackberry might be bringing its Blackberry Q10 handset to the UK this month, despite expectations for an April release.
In February Blackberry head of software Vivek Bhardwaj said that the firm was putting the finishing touches to the software for the Blackberry Q10, which is expected to arrive in April. However, it looks like Blackberry might have finished early, as the smartphone now looks set to arrive this month.
That's thanks to UK retailer Carphone Warehouse, which has updated its website to show the Blackberry Q10 with a March 2013 release date.
Typically, there's no word on pricing yet, nor is there a specific release date. However, we're expecting the Blackberry Q10 to be priced similarly to the fully touchscreen Blackberry Z10. If so, expect it to be available for free from around £35 a month, or for around £500 SIM-free.
The Blackberry Q10 was announced alongside the Blackberry Z10 earlier this year and will appeal to Blackberry's loyal fans with its traditional portrait QWERTY keypad. However, unlike the firm's keyboard devices of old, the Blackberry Q10 will run the new Blackberry 10 mobile operating system, providing it with features like People Hub and Blackberry Balance.
The handset also features a 3.1in 720x720 Super AMOLED touchscreen, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of internal storage expandable to 64GB via microSD, an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 2,100mAh battery.
We've contacted Blackberry to ask for the device's release date but have not received a reply yet. In the meantime, you can read our Blackberry Q10 hands-on review. µ
We've heard from Blackberry, which tells us that the first global carriers will be launching the handset in April, so it seems like this may have been a mistake on Carphone's part.
What's more retailer has now changed its Blackberry Q10 holding page to simply say 'coming soon,' suggesting it was simply an error after all.