Blackberry_Q10We've been seeing brisk demand for Blackberry's new totally touchscreen phone, the Z10, but we know some of you will be hanging on until the hybrid touchscreen/QWERTY keyboard version - the Q10 - is available.

Well, you'll be pleased to learn that you're not going to have to wait too long - the Q10 will be available in April. We'll be confirming details of tariffs and pricing soon.

In the meantime, we thought we'd give you a preview into what the Q10 has in store for you by sharing its specifications.

Of course, the first thing to note is that the Q10 will be running the new BB10 operating system.  We talked about what BB10 has to offer in our recent post on the Z10, so we won't repeat ourselves here. Suffice it to say that BB10's key point of difference is the ability to separate your work and home content, so if you leave your job, you don't need to surrender your phone.

As is to be expected, the Q10 has a smaller screen than its touchscreen-only sibling at 3.1 inches vs. 4.2 inches but then again it needs to make room for that traditional Blackberry QWERTY keyboard. It is slightly larger than that of its hybrid predecessor, the Bold 9930, however and has a tighter pixel density for sharper graphics.

It's not the sveltest of smartphones, measuring 10.4mm tick and 139g in weight, but then again some users prefer their phones a little more substantial.  In terms of speed and processing power, it packs a 1.5GHz dual core processor (similar to the Z10) which is powerful enough to keep things smooth, as well as having 2GB of RAM and 16GB of integrated storage, expandable to 64GB via microSD.

Camera-wise you've got a decent 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a front facing 2 megapixel camera and full HD video recording capabilities. Those of you who like your Blackberrys white will also be comes in black and white colour options.

If you're one of those who love your Blackberry's to come with a physical keyboard, then you'll want to wait for the Q10. For those of you sitting on the fence, we can vouch for the quality of the Z10's touchscreen keyboard - one of the best on the market with its ability to adapt to your individual typing style.

If you're still unsure, pop in store and try the Z10 out.