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BlackBerry Z10 Shatters UK, Canadian Launch Records

By - Source: PhoneArena | B 20 comments

Things seem to be going well with the Z10.

One might have have thought BlackBerry would have had an easy time when it came to all things smartphone, but company was left behind while competitors like Apple and Google took the lion's share of the consumer smartphone market. Still, the company is hoping its new line of devices will change the its fortunes. Indeed, BlackBerry is betting on BlackBerry 10 to turn things around. The company launched the OS last week, and the first BB10 phone, the Z10, went on sale in the UK just one day after its unveiling.

Earlier this week, BlackBerry let it be known that the UK launch had been very successful. In fact, the company went as far as to say it went better than expected. Now, the company is offering some more feedback based on the UK and Canadian launch. Phonearena cites BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins as saying the Canadian launch day was the best first day ever for a new BlackBerry smartphone. In the UK market, BlackBerry tripled its best ever performance for the first week of a new phone.

"In Canada, yesterday was the best day ever for the first day of a launch of a new BlackBerry smartphone. In fact, it was more than 50 percent better than any other launch day in our history in Canada," Heins is quoted as saying. "In the UK, we have seen close to three times our best performance ever for the first week of sales for a BlackBerry smartphone."

The Z10 is not scheduled to launch in the United States until sometime next month, and the Q10 will be an even longer wait. However, people are paying big bucks to get their hands on the phone early. Some units were going for as much as $1700 right after last Wednesday's launch event.

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.

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    fatality1515 , February 9, 2013 9:19 AM
    Bravo BlackBerry! Competition between companies and more product choice for the consumer is always a great thing..
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    fudoka711 , February 9, 2013 9:43 AM
    I agree, this is great news. I hope BlackBerry is able to revitalize itself so we can have another competitor in the marketplace.
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    alevox , February 9, 2013 11:06 AM
    Headline is a little misleading - it's really no different to an athlete achieving a new personal best time and then touting it as 'record breaking'.

    More competition is always good, though I wish Tom's was a little less sensationalist in its headlines.
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  • 24 Hide
    fatality1515 , February 9, 2013 9:19 AM
    Bravo BlackBerry! Competition between companies and more product choice for the consumer is always a great thing..
  • 5 Hide
    Anonymous , February 9, 2013 9:37 AM
    Hopefully this can end the iOS/Android fanboi arguments. I am tired of those
  • 6 Hide
    JOSHSKORN , February 9, 2013 9:42 AM
    SuperEpicManHopefully this can end the iOS/Android fanboi arguments. I am tired of those

    There's no such thing as an Android Fanboi around here.
  • 16 Hide
    fudoka711 , February 9, 2013 9:43 AM
    I agree, this is great news. I hope BlackBerry is able to revitalize itself so we can have another competitor in the marketplace.
  • 3 Hide
    killerclick , February 9, 2013 10:01 AM
    I'm always suspicious when companies express the good news in relative terms. They should just say how many units they sold.
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , February 9, 2013 10:26 AM
    Apple may have been cool but the Z10 just looks sexy.
    BB is bringing sexy back.
  • 13 Hide
    alevox , February 9, 2013 11:06 AM
    Headline is a little misleading - it's really no different to an athlete achieving a new personal best time and then touting it as 'record breaking'.

    More competition is always good, though I wish Tom's was a little less sensationalist in its headlines.
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    blubbey , February 9, 2013 12:15 PM
    I've heard good things about the Z10. I doubt I'll pick one up (only need a phone for calls, texts and music so I'm still on an '07 phone with 16gb memory stick) but give it a few years with a good deal, sure, why not. That's if better deals don't come up of course.
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    redeemer , February 9, 2013 1:03 PM
    Excellent to hear but it needs to do well in the US, and I hope it does!
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , February 9, 2013 2:29 PM
    blackberry just upsize their order of Lseries liverpool, original plan is, we will be working 24/7 for 4 weeks without rest day to meet the target, now the management change it to 24/7 for 8 weeks without rest day to meet the requirements requested by blackberry. This could only mean one thing, Liverpool model is for UK, upsize order of liverpool mean high demand in UK, Blackberry is giving away 4 new chevy cars for us employee of Wistron so we have motivation to work hard for the whole 8 weeks..
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    capt_taco , February 9, 2013 2:49 PM
    Got to say I'm surprised, but in a good way. Much better if you have three or four viable entities competing instead of just two.

    I honestly thought BlackBerry was dead as disco. Making it possible to emulate Android apps just might have saved their butts. Maybe instead they can regain a foothold as #2 or #3 once Apple's market share slides back into single digits, like it always does once people stop going "OMG ITS SHINY" and realize that it's overpriced garbage.
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    Bloob , February 9, 2013 3:42 PM
    Hopefully true, although there was some criticism on their earlier comments:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/9853190/BlackBerry-10-shops-deny-claims-by-Thorsten-Heins-that-Z10-phones-are-selling-out.html
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    omnimodis78 , February 9, 2013 7:55 PM
    I don't usually get hung up on my comments getting the thumbs down, but I distinctly recall about 6 or so months ago when everybody was on the "RIM is done" bandwagon and I wrote that I wouldn't write them off just yet - and I got flamed - for what I thought was a sensible opinion, well.... look who's back in town? As a side note, I've never owned a BlackBerry, but my next phone will be it for sure, seeing that I'm sick and tired of buying Asian made (no disrespect meant our Asian friends) phones - not only is BlackBerry a Canadian company, but the phone is Canadian made as well.
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    colson79 , February 9, 2013 11:55 PM
    Just let blackberry go away already, it a decent phone but to little to late.
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    house70 , February 10, 2013 2:13 AM
    otacon72...right. Android Fanboys are worse than Apple ones here.

    Congrats. You just proved yourself wrong.
    Again.
    capt_tacoGot to say I'm surprised, but in a good way. Much better if you have three or four viable entities competing instead of just two.I honestly thought BlackBerry was dead as disco. Making it possible to emulate Android apps just might have saved their butts. Maybe instead they can regain a foothold as #2 or #3 once Apple's market share slides back into single digits, like it always does once people stop going "OMG ITS SHINY" and realize that it's overpriced garbage.

    Nailed it. I said it before, if BB embraces Android apps natively (even without GApps), there will be plenty of devs out there making these available. The hardware is already better than anything Apple has on their phone.
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    lunyone , February 10, 2013 2:37 AM
    Sooo 3 x ??. Is 3 x 1k phone sales as previous month/quarter or what are they really saying. There are no numbers here, but 3 x whatever is just misleading on what numbers of sales they really have. It's sorta like saying I sold 3 x more computers this month (3 x 1 computer), so I'm exceeding my expectations!!! /s
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    Thunderfox , February 10, 2013 8:34 AM
    company was left behind


    No, the company voluntarily stayed behind and ignored the marked while expecting people to keep buying keyboard phones just to send email, and then they did not take seriously their first attempt at making a modern smartphpone. If the Storm had been as serious an effort as the Z10, they would not have to be playing catchup so much.
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    samwelaye , February 10, 2013 3:49 PM
    killerclickI'm always suspicious when companies express the good news in relative terms. They should just say how many units they sold.


    Publicly traded companies are not allowed to disclose these numbers until their quarterly or yearly financial statements. IFRS or GAAP standards put that rule in place, not the companies.
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    Star72 , February 10, 2013 5:01 PM
    capt_tacoI honestly thought BlackBerry was dead as disco.


    Bite your tongue! Disco will be back too! ;)