U.S. BlackBerry 10 Launch Might Be Later Than We Thought
When BlackBerry unveiled its first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the BlackBerry Z10, last week, it said the U.S. would get the phone in March. However, it seems the U.S. launch may push things right to the end of that month-long launch window.
Last week, BlackBerry (formerly known as Research in Motion or RIM) announced the first ever phone to ship with BlackBerry 10 OS, the BlackBerry Z10. Speaking at a press event in New York City, CEO Thorsten Heins revealed that the Z10, which is launching first, would come to major US carriers sometime in March. However, if recent rumors are to believed, the launch of the Z10 won't be until the very end of the month.
With the Z10 already on sale in the UK and launching today in Canada, those without the device are eager to get their hands on the newest BlackBerry. Online auctions were fetching as much as $1700 last week. Even sales expiring this week have already hit $1000. According to TMoNews, which obtained a leaked release schedule for T-Mobile US, the BlackBerry Z10 won't hit T-Mobile until March 27. The carrier also plans to launch two other phones that day. These are the Galaxy S III LTE and the Galaxy Exhibit. March 27 will also bring us the T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 Mobile HotSpot with LTE support.
Though March 27 is certainly well within the time frame offered by Thorsten Heins last Wednesday, it's a little disappointing to hear BlackBerry fans in the United States will have to wait so long for the phone, especially when it is available across the pond and in the Great White North. Still, there's a chance that T-Mobile won't be the first carrier to launch the Z10. The device is expected to launch on all four major carriers in the United States. Fingers crossed someone else has the phone pegged for an earlier launch.
The Z10 packs a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, a 4.2-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on board storage, an 8-megapixel camera in the back, a 2-megapixel camera up front. Be sure to check out our live blog of the event, as well as our unboxing, and our first impressions of the device.