Regardless of whether or not the BlackBerry Z10 has is indeed got off to as strong a start as BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins would have us believe, it would appear that it is certain popular enough to warrant a few third-party price-hikes here and there.
Over the course of the last few days, reports have been popping up from various retailers across the UK and Canada suggesting that unlocked BlackBerry Z10 units have been selling for as high as $898, which is a fair-whack higher than the official price of the new BlackBerry which is more around the $750 mark. The news therefore adds an even bigger question mark to conflicting reports from recent days, which have argued that the BlackBerry Z10 in both black and white is either available in plentiful supply or all-but wiped out ahead of new stock arrivals this coming March.
Some are charging top-dollar for the BlackBerry Z10 – some are still adamant that they have plenty left to order at standard retail price.
In any case, the actual US release date for the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 Smartphones still hasn’t been announced, though is expected to come about sometime next month with Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T already on board for the big BB10 push. While the rest of the word including the company’s native Canada will certainly be of importance to BlackBerry, it is how the BlackBerry 10 OS and device range performs in the US that will ultimately determine its success or otherwise.
With regard to specs and features, the BlackBerry Z10 certainly has what it takes to compete – at least on paper. The Z10 packs a superb 4.2-inch touchscreen with 1280 by 720 pixels, 2GB of RAM, a dual-core Snapdragon processor, 8-megapixel camera and that all-important BlackBerry 10 OS.
Early reception has generally been favorable, but it remains to be seen how long the Canadian company can keep the momentum going for the long-run.