Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday January 30, 2013.
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On the same day that RIM unveiled its BlackBerry 10 operating system after months-long delays, the Canadian manufacturer announced that it will soon release an all-touchscreen device and a portrait QWERTY keyboard to showcase its revamped UI.
The BlackBerry Q10 features a 3.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a square 720x720 resolution. It also features a traditional BlackBerry keyboard for those who wish to continue using a physical keyboard that has come to define BlackBerry devices. The Q10 and Z10 are otherwise identical devices, at least in terms of their internal specifications not affected by screen size. The Q10 also has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a rear 8 megapxiel camera that films 1080p video, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera that shoots 720p video, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot that supports up to 64 GB.
Battery information has yet to be disclosed for the BlackBerry Q10 because BlackBerry has yet to finalize testing on networks to deliver an accurate rating for talk time and endurance. More information will be released when the phone goes on sale in the U.S. and other regions shortly.I wasn't allowed to film my very brief time with the device, but I was able to touch the keyboard and test out its speed and predictability. Years of being touchscreen-only made the experience somewhat awkward, but I was soon moving along somewhat comfortably. The keys are raised with slanted bumps and are reminiscent of other QWERTY BlackBerry phones, so it should be easy for most users to handle.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.