Android-Powered NEC Terrain Could Be About To Take On The BlackBerry Q10

NEC-Terrain-ATTThe BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry’s first smartphone to combine a physical keyboard with its new operating system, has gone on sale in the U.K. this week, and according to the early reviews, it’s going to be a winner — for those who like phones with physical keyboards, at least.

But it appears the NEC Terrain for AT&T wants to spoil its party by giving keyboard users an Android-powered option.

You can already buy smartphones with physical keyboards on Android, of course, but none of them are really any good. If you want decent specifications — like fast processors and good cameras — then BlackBerry really is the way to go.

It’s though the NEC Terrain could be about to change that, but at the moment we know very little about it. We have the image above, courtesy of @evleaks, and we can tell from that that the device is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

For now, however, the Terrain’s internal specifications remain a mystery — as is its release date. But if this handset is hoping to do battle with the BlackBerry Q10, it’ll have to have a lot going on under the hood.

BlackBerry’s new device is already selling well, with 2,000 units shifted in a matter of hours making it the fastest-selling smartphone for Selfridges in the U.K. BlackBerry may seem like it’s on its last breath to those of us who have already switched to Android, iOS, or Windows Phone, but to the BlackBerry faithful, there’s a lot of life left in the Canadian company yet.

As soon as we know more about the NEC Terrain, we’ll be sure to update you.