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BlackBerry may have announced the Qwerty-equipped Q10 handset at its BlackBerry 10 launch, but there were precious few of them in the building at the UK event.
The company unveiled the handset at the official launch of BlackBerry 10 alongside the full-touchscreen Z10 device. ZDNet managed to grab five minutes with the Qwerty-equipped device, set to arrive later in the year (most likely by April, according to the Wall Street Journal).
While the Q10 keeps the trademark keyboard, the presence of a touchscreen means the removal of the trackpad. Instead, you get a 3.1-inch touchscreen.
The handset shares many of the features as the keyboard-less Z10, including the Hub, Flow and Peek concept of navigating the handset.
The Q10 greets you with the same home and app screen as the Z10 when you fire it up, but uses a 720 x 720 pixel resolution for its display.
However, a RIM spokesman told ZDNet that developers would not have to build apps differently for the lower resolution screen as they would automatically adapt, depending on which BlackBerry 10 device was being used.
In order to bring greater precision to the typing experience, BlackBerry has frets between the layers of keys.
Specific measurements and the weight of the device have not been announced by BlackBerry yet, but the handset did seem a little thicker and a little heavier than the Z10.
It also shares most of the same hardware traits as the Z10, meaning it has the same controls (volume rocker, power button etc) on the edge of the chassis.