BlackBerry’s keyboard-packing Q10 is now available for pre-order through AT&T. The announcement came via a tweet from the wireless provider, further noting that the handset would be launching on June 5 through AT&T’s website.
Verizon beat AT&T to the punch, however, as the handset went up for pre-order on their network last week. They are offering the Q10 in black and white – the latter being an exclusive color. Both handsets are priced at $200 with the typical two year service agreement. Sprint is also expected to launch the Q10 at some point but as of writing, they have yet to announce a pre-order or release date.
If you aren’t familiar, the Q10 is the keyboard version of the Z10. It carries the same 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of system memory, 8-megapixel camera and 16GB of flash memory as the Z10. Both handsets run the new BB10 operating system but the Q10 will ship with the latest version, 10.1.
The main difference, however, is the keyboard and the display. The QWERTY board takes up plenty of real estate which only leaves room for a 3.1-inch AMOLED screen operating at 720 x 720 pixels.
In related news, BlackBerry said that 60 percent of US Fortune 500 companies are currently testing or already using their new BB10 devices. That’s actually not all that surprising considering BlackBerry’s keyboard-based handsets were once a staple in the enterprise. A number of companies moved to other platforms as BlackBerry fell behind in the handset race.