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BlackBerry Q10 will launch to the US in May or June

BlackBerry Q10 will launch to the US in May or June
We've said it before and we'll say it again: customers don't like to wait, especially when it's for a new, hot smartphone. Yet sadly, that's what awaits everyone in the U.S. who is eager to get a BlackBerry Q10.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said that the handset will land stateside 8 to 10 weeks after the BlackBerry Z10 launch. And since the latter is scheduled to be available through U.S. carriers in mid-March, we are most likely going to see the BlackBerry Q10 follow suit no earlier than mid-May of 2013. That's well over 3 months from today.

What's holding back the release of BlackBerry Q10 isn't clear. Perhaps it might have something to do with carrier testing or volume manufacturing of the handset itself, but an issue with the app availability isn't out of the question. You see, the BlackBerry Z10, with its full-touch interface and 1280 by 768 pixel display, has been getting a lot more attention from developers and now has access to over 70,000 BlackBerry 10 apps. A huge fraction of these are actually Android ports, but it doesn't matter as long as they work as intended. But the BlackBerry Q10, with a 720 by 720 pixel screen of only 3.1 inches and physical QWERTY keyboard, might require all these apps – their interface, in particular, to be adapted to the new display aspect ratio.

Whatever the case is, brace yourself for a long wait if you absolutely must have a BlackBerry Q10 and a real QWERTY. Or just step into the 21st century and try one of them touchscreen keyboards. The Z10 is reportedly selling well, you know, so they can't be that bad, right? 

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posted on 06 Feb 2013, 07:56 1

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6623; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The release dates are killing BlackBerry... The sooner you release your phones, the better!

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 07:59 5

2. Even4steven (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


BB and MSFT should take note of how Apple handles a release - veil of secrecy, announce with full carrier/supplier details, immediate pre-order and then timely release...

It seems to be a formula that works, and makes the product available while momentum and interest is high.

Had the Surface Pro come right out, I would have purchased it, but instead I bought something else in the interim. Will BB suffer the same fate?

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 08:08

3. apiskula (limited) (Posts: 441; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I am glad they are releasing this late. It will give the platform a chance to die! Close your doors RIM!

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 08:45

5. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Only in the USA but if someone wants a blackberry with a keyboard than no other phone can replace that and they will wait for it...big deal

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 08:20 1

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1223; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


this is a really cool device , well sadly arriving in May will surely destroy it because this is the time when handsets at MWC usually go on sale

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 11:07

6. korean411 (Posts: 38; Member since: 04 May 2009)


if this is true then this is really bad because not only the galaxy s IV will arrive around that time but most likely the flagship phone from motorola from the google i/o will likely to arrive as well plus a lot of other android phones will come out as well. so release date are a really big issue for blackberry because since blackberry goal is try to get new user, it is going to be hard in this case for their z10 and q10 model. March, may, june might be a real risky bet for blackberry especially since big time companies are announcing their products around this time

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 11:22

7. imkyle (Posts: 948; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Remember Google I/O 2013 is coming in May. If the Motorola X phone is going to be released then the BB10 devices need to get a move on.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 12:11

8. PhonePhazer47 (Posts: 27; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


This is really pissing me off! blackberry is doing something wrong!!... i was gonna get one but this constant delays of trying to get it right or waiting for test w carriers etc! is not acceptable! once it starts getting warm i know a lot of people coming off contract March, April!

Dear Rim, Blackberry or whatever you wanna call yourselves now! or it should be called "Rim just berry wait for it"..... you had a bunch of loyal riders waiting at the train station for a shinny new train that keeps getting delayed. some of us are sick and tired and are heading back to the parking lot to find a different mode of transportation! now im leaning back towards a G4.....

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 12:41

9. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 441; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Real stupid ri... Err blackberry, are actually trying to go out a business? I have a friend who's a die hard blackberry user for personal uses and even she may go iphone 5 instead of waiting that long. Lenova is going to be buying out blackberry by years end at this rate

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 18:15

10. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


this is a sad thing for the qwerty lovers in the US!

but hoping that BB will release a follow up of Z10 with killer spec and hoping with all the premium spec on it just like the q10!

i know that BB is prepping a quad core BB10 with bigger display and with premium materials on it! its the BB laguna that was leak before!!! hoping to see that beast is the future!

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