We heard a little bit about the premium materials that the BlackBerry Q10 is made out of but now we have a few more details. BlackBerry’s design team has taken to their blog to describe some of the finishing details on the BlackBerry Q10 that make it the best keyboard BlackBerry to date. They reconfirmed what I said before about the Q10 frame being carved out of a solid block of forged 304 stainless steel with a black PVD finish to avoid scratching. This frame takes 20 minutes to produce through a multistep computer controlled machining process. Cool right?
Here are some of the other details:
- The keyboard frets have been designed with a chamfered edge so that they connect with the frame with incredible precision and accuracy
- The stainless steel fret found across the back of the BlackBerry Q10 helps preserve the finish of the back cover by holding the phone off the surface it is resting on. (see I was not making this up!)
- The glass-weave and soft touch coating used on the back cover is exclusive to the BlackBerry Q10 and have been years in development. By forming the glass weave in to a 3D shape, we have made it incredibly strong. The soft touch finish makes the BlackBerry Q10 easy to hold and feels beautiful in your hand while minimizing fingerprints.
- Due to the gestures on BlackBerry 10 they could remove the dedicated menu keys and trackpad to make the screen 30% larger and the keyboard bigger while keeping the same device dimensions.
- The metal frets between the rows of keys are thicker than the 9900 to make it easier to hit the right key
- The white font feature on black keys is Slate Pro, and is part of the humanist genre which is simply the most legible sans serif style for processing information quickly. The open shapes, varying proportions, subtle stroke differences aid the reader and lend an organic, approachable feel to our User Interface (UI) design.
Check out all the details over at InsideBB. It really is impressive what they have done though I really wish they would have squeezed in charging contacts on the bottom of the device. I guess that is a trade off for the stainless steel frame.