BlackBerry’s latest QWERTY smartphone, the BlackBerry Q10, will hit shop shelves in Blighty in April, the handset maker’s head of software has revealed.
Speaking to The Inquirer at BlackBerry Jam Europe, Vivek Bhardwaj said that the Q10, which is still awaiting release while its all-touchscreen sibling the Z10 is already on sale, will be along in roughly 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," he explained.
The ETA is sure to please longtime fans of the BlackBerry, not least because it teams a touchscreen with a time-honoured physical keyboard, inarguably a mainstay of the beleaguered smartphone range.
It is also powered by the all-new BlackBerry 10 operating system that was rebuilt from the ground up to be a more worthy challenger to the likes of iOS and Android.
The BlackBerry Z10, meanwhile, has been met with generally positive critical reaction and appears to be selling well too, with high retailer Phones 4u claiming “exceptional first week sales” – even selling out of the white colourway in some outlets.
We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we have a concrete release date for the BlackBerry Q10. Keep ‘em peeled.