Fans of the BlackBerry 10 operating system have been able to buy the touchscreen BlackBerry Z10 smartphone since the beginning of February, shortly after the launch event where it and its QWERTY-equipped sister phone, the BlackBerry Q10 were announced. Anyone who wanted to do some old-school messaging on a physical keyboard has had to wait a while, as the Q10 wasn’t given an exact release date at the time.
That changed on Friday, as Carphone Warehouse put the phone up for pre-order and gave it an end of April delivery date. If you’ve been waiting for the Q10, here’s what you’re going to have to pay to get one. Carphone Warehouse are offering it with a contract or as an unlocked, SIM-free device, and if you take the latter option, it means parting with £580.
If this sounds quite expensive, it’s because it is. A 16GB iPhone 5 costs £500, while a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is £475, and even the Q10′s touchscreen pal the BlackBerry Z10 is £470 – despite the phone’s having exactly the same technical specifications bar the screen. We’re not sure why the Q10 warrants quite such a high price.
Alternatively, you can buy the Q10 with a contract, where in many cases the phone will be provided for free. Both T-Mobile and Orange have a two-year, £36 per month option with 1GB of data and unlimited texts, while if you want a 4G LTE connection, EE will charge you £41 per month.
Just in case the Q10 has slipped you memory, this is what its spec sheet looks like: It has a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a 720 x 720 pixel resolution, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and an 8 megapixel camera. If you pre-order now, Carphone Warehouse will deliver the phone at the end of the month, but has yet to specify an exact date.