Will Canadians eat up the BlackBerry Z10 on February 5?
The tech world is abuzz about the launch of BlackBerry 10. In a year, we'll probably be talking again about the downfall of Research In Motion—I mean, BlackBerry (the Waterloo-based company's renamed itself)—but why not let them enjoy the moment.
Today (January 30), CEO Thorsten Heins showed off the admittedly snazzy BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10.
Aimed at iPhone and Android users, the touchscreen Z10 will be released in Canada on February 5 before landing in the U.S. in March. BlackBerry says it will sell for about $149.99 with a three-year contract in Canada. The U.K. will get the Z10 before everyone else on Thursday (January 31).
With a physical keypad, the Q10 is expected to ship globally in April. This one's more for the BlackBerry loyalists, the corporate types who have hung on to their BlackBerry devices despite all the doom and gloom.
The Canadian media seems to be rooting for BlackBerry, but that won't be enough to save the beleaguered company. That depends on whether you and me are willing to part with our Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxys.