By Alexandra Burlacu | May 29, 2013 05:24 PM EDT
The BlackBerry Q10 is finally ready to launch in the U.S., hitting all T-Mobile retail stores nationwide next Wednesday, June 5.
Canadian company BlackBerry, formerly known as Research in Motion (RIM) launched the BlackBerry Z10 as the first smartphone to run on its new BlackBerry 10 (BB10) platform. That smartphone, however, ditched the all-so-familiar QWERTY keyboard associated with BlackBerry devices in favor of a full-touchscreen experience. The BlackBerry Q10 comes as a BB10 alternative for those who are still hung up on a physical keyboard.
According to TMONews, the BlackBerry Q10 will land on T-Mobile retail stores across the U.S. on June 5, sporting a $99.99 upfront price followed by 24 monthly payments of $20 per month. Interested buyers will also need to add one of T-Mobile's UNcarrier monthly no-contract plans on top of this.
The BlackBerry Q10 is a mid-range device boasting no spectacular features, as the price tag might suggest. It runs on the new BB10 operating system and features a full QWERTY keyboard. The handset features a 3.1-inch display with a decent resolution of 720 x 720 pixels and packs a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and 2GB of RAM under the hood.
Other specifications of the new BlackBerry Q10 include 16GB of internal storage capacity and a micro SD card slot for additional memory of up to 64GB. The smartphone also features both front- and rear-facing cameras. A 2-megapixel front camera handles video calls, while a full HD-capable 8-megapixel camera on the back of the device snaps photos and videos. In terms of connectivity, the BlackBerry Q10 supports NFC, LTE and HSPA+.
Along with the BlackBerry Q10, T-Mobile will also launch the new HTC One flagship smartphone nationwide on the same day, i.e. June 5. While the HTC One originally launched on T-Mobile on Apr. 24, its initial availability was limited to just 300 stores. Come June 5, the handset is expected to become available in all T-Mobile retail stores and branded locations across the U.S.
T-Mobile is rapidly picking up pace to compete with rivals and long-awaited smartphones are bound to make its road to glory much smoother. Adding the iPhone and switching to its new UNcarrier plans already marked a significant step forward and expanding its lineup will likely draw more potential customers.
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