BlackBerry devotees in the US unhappy about having to wait until March for the Z10 release date really have little cause for complaint – the BlackBerry Q10 with QWERTY keyboard might not see light of day until May or June at this rate.
While the BlackBerry Z10 with its full touchscreen may have been the talk of the town for quite some time, there is still enormous interest in the Q10 which apparently struck quite the chord with millions of BlackBerry traditionalists. However, for reasons that are at present unknown it seems that those holding out for the Q10 release date are indeed going to have to continue doing as such – CEO Thorsten Heins has offered little reassurance that the BB10 QWERTY experience will be arriving anytime soon.
Speaking in a recent interview with the AP, Heins only went as far as to say that the release dates for both the BB Q10 and Z10 would depend on the carriers scheduled to offer the devices – those being Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T. The closest approximate we have for the Q10 at present is somewhere in the region of eight to ten weeks after the Z10 release date, which could mean its QWERTY sibling doesn’t launch until June.
The situation is somewhat mirrored in the UK, though while there’s still no definite signs of the QWERTY Q10 on the horizon, the British market at least has the BlackBerry Z10 already to be playing with in the meantime. It could be that BlackBerry is experiencing issues with bringing full app optimization to the Q10 with its keyboard and smaller screen – delayed release dates therefore being considerably better than launching half-baked Smartphones.
On a positive note, the Z10 is apparently selling like hot cakes and has so far been better received than even CEO Heins had expected or hoped for.