Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) has just opened pre-orders for the BlackBerry Q10 in the U.K. The device is the second one to operate on the company’s new BlackBerry 10 platform.
Unlike the Z10, this one has the trademark BlackBerry keyboard.
It also has a 3.1 inch touchscreen, which will be used for the BlackBerry 10 platform. The device comes with all the same apps and programs as the BlackBerry Z10, but it may be better received by long-time BlackBerry enthusiasts because it has the BlackBerry keyboard.
The unlocked BlackBerry Q10 can be purchased in the U.K. for €580, and users can then take it to whatever carrier they want. Carphone Warehouse shows it’s also available for free with a two-year contract on Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) (LON:VOD), O2, Orange and EE.
Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) said their latest phone would be available on the TalkMobile and Three networks, although the two carriers weren’t showing up on the website. The Next Web points out that EE continues to be the U.K.’s only 4G network, so users who want to utilize the BlackBerry Q10’s LTE features might want to go with that network.
At this point Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) (now Blackberry) has not confirmed the release date of the Q10 in the U.K, although it does say the device will be available at Carphone Warehouse by the end of April. The company also hasn’t announced a U.S. release date for the Q10, although it is rumored to be sometime this month as well.
At the moment of this writing, shares of Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) were down 1.6 percent in pre-market trading at the NASDAQ.