BlackBerry Q10 seems all set to start shipping in the UK. According to
news report by CNET, this smartphone is up for pre-order through major
telecom operators and online retailers and is expected to be available
to customers by the end of this month.
The website further
claims that an unlocked BlackBerry Q10 cost 580 Pounds, which translates
to roughly Rs. 48,400. As per earlier news report the unlocked version
of BlackBerry Q10 was expected to be available for 530 to 535 Pounds
(including VAT). Just like any other smartphone, UK customers have an
option to pick BlackBerry Q10 for a contractual price. The contractual
price starts from 36 Pounds per month, if you opt for a two-year
contract with the telecom operator Orange. Under this plan, users will
also get 1GB data per month.
The BlackBerry Q10 comes
with the brand new BlackBerry 10 operating system (Review). It sports a
3.1-inch super AMOLED touchscreen. There is an 8-megapixel camera
on-board. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G and NFC.
BlackBerry Q10 also packs in 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a
2100mAh battery. It was earlier touted that BlackBerry Q10 will start
retailing 8 to 10 weeks after BlackBerry Z10.
It is a bit
of a surprise that BlackBerry has priced its Q10 higher than BlackBerry
Z10 (Review | Pictures). The unlocked BlackBerry Z10 is available for
approximately 515 pounds (including VAT) in UK. Moreover, BlackBerry Q10
is a QWERTY offering and hence has a smaller screen so we expected its
price to be at least $50 less compared to the BlackBerry Z10.
had launched BlackBerry Z10 on January 30 along with BlackBerry 10
operating system. It started out well in UK, though the recent sales
reports for this smartphone are not too encouraging.
Z10 started retailing in India from February for Rs. 43,490. Currently,
there is no word on when BlackBerry Q10 will start shipping in India and
what will be its price in India.