We covered the Z10 pretty extensively here at Blackberry Rocks. We had some of the first leaked images, and we knew the rumored specs pretty early. What we haven’t covered very much is the Z10’s QWERTY packing sibling, the Q10. There have been quite a few pictures floating around, right along with some juicy rumors, but until the official BB10 launch event the other day we actually didn’t know all that much about it.
Aside from various rumors and leaked images, we had no solid information on the Q10. Even during the event, CEO Thorsten Heins, didn’t go over the complete details of the Q10 but he did show the phone off.
Now, we have a proper list of the Q10 specs. Instead of droning on some more, I’ll get right to the point. Here they are:
- Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus Processor
- 3.1” SuperAMOLED Touchscreen Display
- 720×720 Maximum Resolution at 330 ppi
- 2GB of Installed RAM
- 16GB Internal Storage Capacity
- Hot Swappable microSD (up to 64GB)
- 8MP Rear Facing Camera
- Auto Focus
- 5X Digital Zoom
- 1080p HD Video Recording
- 2MP Front Facing Camera
- 3x Digital Zoon
- 720p HD Video Recording
- Dual Band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- 4G Mobile Hotspot Ready
- Assisted, Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS
- 2100mAh Battery, Which is Removable
- Ambient Light Sensor
- NFC (Near Field Communication) Functionality
- microHDMI output
- Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)
- 4G LTE Support
- Dimensions: 119.6mm (L) x 66.8mm (W) x 10.35mm (D)
It’s worth mentioning that currently, there is no listed talk time or standby estimate from Blackberry. The Q10 is still undergoing a lot of testing so this information will be released at a later time.
The battery in the Q10 is slightly larger than what’s included in the Z10. Considering Blackberry devices have always been pretty good on battery life, I’m willing to bet that the Q10 battery will last, at the very least, ten hours under continuous use. Because the screen is much smaller, and the power consumption is much lower, we may even see it lasting much longer than ten hours, only time will tell.
It’s also exciting to see full HD video capture supported on both cameras. Even the front facing camera can record 720p HD video! That means no matter what camera you decide to use, front or back, you can capture good quality family videos.
As for the still camera, at 8MP there’s nothing to scoff at, but it’s also nothing new for the Blackberry brand either. That being said, Blackberry phones have always been good with capturing photos. No doubt, the 5X digital zoom, will help the camera get up close and personal at times. I distinctly remember, that some of the older Blackberry devices had terrible zoom features. You almost had to be right on top of something to get a decent picture. Clearly, that’s not going to be the case with the Q10, and that’s undeniably reassuring.
Looking at the complete list of specs, I can honestly say that the Q10 looks fantastic. Personally, I’m going to opt for the Z10 just because I’ve become so accustomed to the larger screen and the touchscreen interface.
What do you think? Which device are you planning on getting?