RIM is to officially unveil to the world the BlackBerry 10 OS and the first two BlackBerry 10 Smartphones at a major global release date extravaganza scheduled for tomorrow. In the meantime however, the leaks are still pouring out of the industry thick and fast – today’s having the potential to leave a rather sour taste in the mouths of some.
Yes ladies and gentlemen, we’ve been granted a sneak peek as to how much we’ll likely have to hand over to take home a BlackBerry Z10 at least and for those of a frugal persuasion, the news ain’t that great!
Should a newly leaked screenshot from the Carphone Warehouse in the UK be believed, the 8GB BlackBerry Z10 – i.e. the touchscreen BB10 – is being listed with a price-tag of 480GPB contract-free.
Given the current rate of exchange, this would work out at about $750, which although standard for a truly top-tier unlocked Smartphone doesn’t give the BlackBerry 10 much of an ace-in-the-hole in terms of value for money.
Assuming general patterns are followed, the 16GB version will probably come in at about $850.
On a slightly less painful note – at least according to the gossiping masses – both the BlackBerry Z10 and X10 should be hitting the US market for a decidedly more agreeable $199 if taken with the usual two-year service agreement. And of course, various mail-in rebates and store specials may be applied to see this fall to as little as $150, which technically isn’t too bad for a device that for one reason or another will go down in history in a VERY big way.
Official pricing details are expected to be confirmed by RIM about a week after tomorrow’s release date announcement – the devices themselves likely to hit the shelves shortly afterwards.
Tomorrow could prove to be the most crucial day in the history of RIM – all eggs are well and truly in one BlackBerry 10 basket and given critical reception so far, things really could go either way.