BlackBerry’s flagship BB10-powered QWERTY handset, the Q10, will land on Sprint this weekend starting at $199 with a two-year contract. The carrier announced the news today in a press release, praising the device’s physical keyboard and specialized software.
The Q10 comes equipped with 3.1-inch 720 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED display, 16GB of storage upgradable via microSD card, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera with a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter, a dual-core 1.5GHz Krait CPU, and a 2100mAh Li-Ion battery. The handset will be available on Sprint’s My All-in plan, which offers unlimited talk, text and data for $110 per month.
Today’s news may make a few BlackBerry fans happy, but it likely won’t be enough to save the Canadian smartphone maker, which recently formed a committee that may consider a sale of the company. Meanwhile, Sprint, which recently merged with Japanese giant SoftBank, has been a perennial third-place carrier behind Verizon and AT&T—especially when it comes to LTE—and is now in danger of getting edged-out by T-Mobile.
The Q10 was originally announced for Sprint way back in May. We’re not sure why it took about three months for it to finally launch, but the phone is already starting to show its age.