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BlackBerry Q10 smartphone launched with physical keyboard

BlackBerry has officially launched the Q10 smartphone, the BB10 device for anyone that still insists on having a physical keyboard rather than a touchscreen.

The surprise move came alongside the launch of the touchscreen-equipped Z10, showing that BlackBerry isn't ready to dump the physical keyboard altogether. It runs the heavily gesture-based BB10 OS, but retains the same shape as previous BlackBerry handsets.

It uses the same 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage as the touchscreen Z10, but has a 4:3 aspect ratio, 3.1in AMOLED touch screen with a 720x720 resolution display to make room for a physical keyboard.

A new stainless steel construction, edge-to-edge glass and a "three dimensional weaved" cover on the rear that BlackBerry claims is thinner and lighter yet stronger than conventional plastic are supposed to make the handset stand out from previous models, but until we get one in our hands it's difficult to tell the difference.

The Q10 is expected to go on sale in April, but there's currently no word about pricing or network providers here in the UK.

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