Submitted by Mark Dawkins on Wed, 08/05/2013 - 13:34
Good news for all BlackBerry lovers and social movers-and-shakers today - BlackBerry look set to be bringing out a low cost QWERTY BB10 smartphone in the UK later this year. We've compiled all that we can find on the interwebs to bring you all you need to know about how to buy a BlackBerry R10 on Three.
The R10 looks to be an updated version of the wildly popular BlackBerry Curve range. Coming in with upgraded specs you can expect the phone to cater to all your social and networking needs at a super low end price.
The Next BlackBerry Curve
If you loved your old BlackBerry Curve for it's pure simplicity and straightforward messaging then we reckon the R10 is the one to watch for you. It promises to have all of the functionality of its bigger brother the Q10 but come with streamlined hardware.
Chinese rumours are already saying that the R10 will feature the same 3.1" 720p display found on the high-end Q10 BlackBerry. Photos from the 5 megapixel camera should look pretty good on this gorgeous screen that has already proved its worth in the UK already. This R10 BlackBerry has FOUR times as much RAM as the fastest Curve 9360 that you can currently buy, ensuring that even for a reasonably priced phone you can still get premium smartphone level performance.
Inside you'll get 8GB of onboard storage that, like all BlackBerrys before it, can be expanded up to 64GB thanks to an SD card slot. This should be more than enough for everything you'll need on a day to day basis - even with all of those tasty new BlackBerry 10 apps in the cloud. Finally, we look like we'll be getting a 1800mAh battery inside that should be more than enough to keep you going all day. Unfortunately there's no news yet on whether the R10 will be compatible with Three's future 4G network but for now we expect it to be Ultrafast enabled at least.
BlackBerry R10 On Three
We don't yet know anything from BlackBerry about when the R10 might emerge but we expect it won't be too far away. A summer launch could be entirely realistic, especially as BlackBerry seek to bring out a range of colourful phones in the summer season. If it is directly replacing the Curve as we expect then it shouldn't be too pricey either. So if you've been holding out on trying the new BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 on Three then you don't have to worry about breaking the bank on this little number.
We expect the R10 will be available on all of Three tariffs. If you're likely to be a heavy socialiser, using that fantastic physical QWERTY keyboard for messaging and emails, then you should consider pairing it with an All You Can Eat Data tariff. This gives you the peace of mind to know that you can upload photos on the go, watch videos and send as many messages as you want without getting hit by charges and fees.
Bookmark this page if you want to keep checking back for info on the new BlackBerry R10. For now though, you can check out the great features in the new version of BBM for in BB10: