The upcoming mid-ranged BlackBerry R10 is spotted again in yet another series of leaked photos. Being a notch down below its flagship BlackBerry Q10, the R10 is rumoured to come with a lower 5MP camera, a smaller 8GB of storage and 1,800mAh battery which is non-removable. Fortunately there’s microSD slot to expand the storage. The display remains unchanged from its Q10 sibling with a 3.1″ screen that does 720×720 pixels resolution. That still gives a respectable 328ppi.
There’s still no mention of its processor but RAM is said to be rather generous with 2GB. Out of the box, the R10 will be running on the latest BlackBerry 10.1 OS which is currently being rolled out to existing devices. Of course, these are still speculative specs and if it is priced right, this could be the popular QWERTY BlackBerry for the masses.
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BlackBerry has started rolling out its first ever major OS update that carries the version 10.1. So far a BlackBerry Z10 user in Philippines has received notification of the update and it is expected to be available in more countries soon. Some of the changes the update will bring include:
- HDR option for taking photos
- PIN to PIN messaging now available and present in the BlackBerry Hub
- APN editing is now enabled (Though this may remain carrier based)
- ‘Highlights” for text such as word correction on the keyboard are now green, instead of blue
- ‘Text Picker’ has been improved, now allows for easily moving left and right between letters easier
- Sharing menu is now black, just like on the BlackBerry Q10
- New help demos and walkthroughs after initial boot
- Select All for broadcast messages is now available
- Ability to turn off alerts for specific applications
- Easier to check for updates in BlackBerry World
- Phone can be fully unlocked at lock screen now by the power button
- BlackBerry World now has options for coupon redemption
- Pasting of phone numbers directly into dialpad
- Installed apps can be opened from with BlackBerry World (No longer shows ‘installed’ now shows ‘open’)
Hopefully the new update will improve stability and fix some niggles especially the camera app that isn’t ready to take a picture if you didn’t close it properly. You can check out our hands-on with the BlackBerry Z10 here.
For BlackBerry Z10 users that received the update, make sure you’re connected to WiFi as the update is a massive 1GB in file size.
The BlackBerry Q10 will officially be available in Malaysia next Wednesday and Celcom has started accepting pre-registration of the device. Retailing at RM2,388 outright, the BlackBerry Q10 which is RM200 more than the Z10 model comes 4G LTE support.
As a special promo, those who register will be getting a Bluetooth speaker worth RM299 and additional RM200 rebates (RM20 x 10 months) on the monthly subscription. There are 6 pick up locations to choose from with 2 outlets each in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru.
To recap, the BlackBerry Q10 runs on a dual-core 1.5Ghz processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8MP main camera and a front facing 2MP camera. What differentiates with its Z10 sibling is its full QWERTY keyboard, a smaller 3.1″ Super AMOLED display that does 720×720 pixels and a bigger 2,100mAh battery.
To register your interest for the Q10, head over to Celcom BlackBerry Q10 page.