BlackBerry Q10 for pre-orders in Canada

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The maker of the BlackBerry phone said Tuesday that a modern smartphone with a physical keyboard will be available in Canada in the coming weeks as major wireless companies started taking advance orders.

Details on when the BlackBerry Q10 will go on sale elsewhere will be announced soon, Research In Motion Ltd. said. Advance orders are already being accepted in the UK.

The BlackBerry, pioneered in 1999, had been the dominant smartphone for on-the-go business people and other consumers before the iPhone debuted in 2007 and showed that phones can handle much more than email and phone calls. RIM faced numerous delays modernizing its operating system with the BlackBerry 10 (Review). During that time, it had to cut more than 5,000 jobs and saw shareholder wealth decline by more than $70 billion.

RIM surprised Wall Street last month by returning to profitability and shipping about 1 million touch-screen BlackBerry Z10 (Review I Pictures) phones in the most recent quarter, which ended March 2. It will take several quarters, though, to know whether RIM is on a path toward a successful turnaround. RIM had just entered the critical U.S. market with the Z10 phone, and the more anticipated Q10 keyboard phone won’t be on sale until late May or June because of testing by U.S. wireless companies.

The U.S. delay in selling the new keyboard BlackBerry complicates RIM’s efforts to hang on to customers tempted by Apple’s iPhone and a range of devices running Google Inc.’s Android operating system. Even as the BlackBerry has fallen behind rivals in recent years, many BlackBerry users have stayed loyal because they prefer a physical keyboard over the touch screen found on the iPhone and most Android devices. The temptations to switch grow with each additional delay, despite favorable reviews for BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Canadian carriers Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. both said Tuesday that advance orders are under way for the keyboard Q10 device, but neither would provide an exact date for when the Q10 would be available. Telus is offering the phone one a $199 with a three-year service agreement or $700 without a contract.

The all-touch-screen Z10 launched in Canada and other markets earlier this year and in the United States last month.

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA
4G Network LTE
SIM Yes
Announced 2013, January
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2013, April
BODY Dimensions 119.6 x 66.8 x 10.4 mm (4.71 x 2.63 x 0.41 in)
Weight 139 g (4.90 oz)
Keyboard QWERTY
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 720 pixels, 3.1 inches (~328 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 16 GB storage, 2 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, HSUPA
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, image stabilization, face detection
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps
Secondary Yes, 2 MP, 720p
FEATURES OS BlackBerry 10 OS
Chipset TI OMAP 4470
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9
GPU PowerVR SGX544
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM 6
Browser HTML5
Radio TBD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
Colors Black, White
– SNS integration
– HDMI port
– BlackBerry maps
– Organizer
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer
– MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player
– DivX/XviD/MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery
Stand-by
Talk time Up to 10 h

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