In a glitzy ceremony held at New Delhi, the Canadian struggling giant - BlackBerry announced a QWERTY cum touch enabled handset. Being priced at Rs.44,990, it is primarily targeted at premium users. BlackBerry says they see no issues with the pricing at all because it's a premium product.
The BlackBerry Q10 is indeed having the best physical QWERTY keyboard in the industry. Price is not a big issue with the device ----firstly you get to experience a brand new mobile OS in the form of BB 10, and secondly it comes with a touch screen and for most built in physical keyboard. GizBot did a brief review of the handset on the launch day itself.
If you are looking for a touch cum QWERTY mash up device at much lesser price than there are available handsets in the market. Some of them support Android OS, while others come up with dated Symbian OS. If you want a BlackBerry device at much lower price than there are plenty of options available. You don't have to worry about BB 7 OS. The company says they will support the BlackBerry 7 OS for a time being.
At the end, what matters is the experience you get from a smartphone. Be it Android or iOS or BB for that matter. GizBot handpicked five budget QWERTY keypad ducked handsets. Have a look.
BlackBerry Bold 9790
"Bold ", is a symbol of excellence. BB Bold 9790 would definitely give you pure BlackBerry experience. Running on the BB 7 OS, it is a decent mid-end device. This used to be a premium device few months back. The phone comes with a 2.45-inch touch display with 480 X 360 pixels, 1 GHz Marvel Tavor MG1 processor coupled with 768MB of RAM. It has an 8GB of internal memory which can be expanded via microSD cards. The makers added a 5MP rear facing camera with LED flash. This handset is meant for true BB users. Well, go for BB Bold 9790 for its keyboard. Other highlighted features include: 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC, A-GPS, Document viewer, and a 1230mAh battery. Asking price - Rs. 21,999
Nokia Asha 201
You can't compare this very handset with BlackBerry promoted handsets. The Finnish giant Nokia is not known for QWERTY keypad handsets, but in the past few hours the company has learnt the art of making budget physical keypad phones. The Nokia Asha 201 has a 2.4-inch QVGA display with resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, Single SIM, a 2-mega pixel rear facing camera, 64MB ROM, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card, 3.5mm headphone jack, and weighs 105 grams, S40 OS , and a 1,430mAh battery. Asking price- Rs.3850
Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330
The South Korean giant is the only handset maker who still makes Android powered QWERTY cum touch enabled smartphone. Of course, it's not a great looking device, but you won't get disappointed on the features front. It has a 3-inch display, Android 4.0 ICS, 850 MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of ROM, expandable, Wi-Fi, 3G, a 2-mega pixel rear camera, weighs 112grams, and 1,200mAh battery fitted inside. Asking price - Rs. 5999
BlackBerry Curve 9220
Want to buy a brand new BB Q10, but unable to buy. Here's the solution under Sub Rs.10,000. Go for BB Curve 9220. It is the cheapest device with "Gold Standard "BlackBerry keyboard. Here are the highlighted specs: a 2.4-inch QVGA display with resolution of 320 X 240 pixels, BB 7 OS, 512MB of RAM, a 2-mega pixel rear camera, Wi-Fi, expandable storage, and a 1,450 mAh battery fitted inside. Asking price - Rs. 9790
The Micromax Q34 is a dual SIM supported handset with built-in QWERTY keypad. You can use this handset as your second phone. The internal specifications are not fancy at all. It packs a 2.4-inch display with resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, a VGA quality rear facing camera, Pushmail, GPRS, Bluetooth, USB, and FM Radio with recording, among other features. Asking price - Rs. 2480