US customers awaiting their eventual BlackBerry Z10 release date have this week been given the news they were waiting for – AT&T is to launch the Z10 on March 22nd and has already started taking preorders.
And the really good news is that the AT&T consumer version of the BlackBerry Z10 won’t be quite as expensive as the $249.99 corporate version being offered by T-Mobile – AT&T’s will retail for $199.99.
Despite having already made quite a name for itself in the UK and Canada however, the BlackBerry Z10 seems to be facing a wave of advance criticism in the US over its near $200 price-tag. Some critics are arguing that despite its prowess, the Z10’s specs and features simply don’t measure up to those of dozens of rivals available for the same price.
From its dual-core processor to its relatively modest camera and right down to its overall build quality, some are questioning whether or not the Z10 really does deliver enough to justify a top-tier price-tag.
Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for official word on when the BlackBerry Q10 will launch in the US or anywhere else in the world – the Z10’s full QWERTY keyboard-toting sibling. Having been mysteriously held back while the Z10 has been doing the rounds, there’s still talk of the two landing relatively side-by-side toward the end of this month.
The BlackBerry Q10 is expected to be the more appealing of the two to BlackBerry’s die-hard contingency of loyal fans still in love with the traditional keyboard features of past-generation BlackBerry Smartphones.
Again however, it is expected to hit the market with a suitably top-end price tag and therefore is once again likely to attract the same comparative questions as the Z10.