On the global stage, BlackBerry is still hurting — for the first time ever, Microsoft’s Windows Phone market share topped BlackBerry in the first quarter this year to take the No.3 spot in the smartphone platform war. We’re still very early on in BlackBerry’s comeback attempt though, and progress is being made in some key markets. Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt points to BlackBerry’s home turf in Canada as one of the markets where the vendor has seen good early response to its new BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 smartphones, and BlackBerry’s progress thus far has been impressive according to his figures. More →
We have seen mixed reports regarding BlackBerry’s performance with the BlackBerry Q10, its first QWERTY toting BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Most industry watchers seems to think early Q10 sales have been strong, though a few analysts have strayed from the pack. RBC Capital Markets’ Mark Sue is in the first camp, though he noted in a new research note on Monday Q10 sales might not blow us away. Regardless, however, the analyst says BlackBerry has already succeeded in one respect: The Q10 is buying BlackBerry some time to turn things around. More →
The BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry’s first QWERTY smartphone equipped with its new operating system, will finally launch in the U.S. beginning in June. The announcement came during the company’s annual BlackBerry Live conference on Tuesday. No specific launch dates have been shared at this point in time, though Sprint has confirmed that it will launch the phone toward the end of the summer. BlackBerry had previously announced that the Q10 would begin rolling out in May in the U.S., and pricing would likely start at $250. More →
Kevin Smithen of Macquarie Capital has become more optimistic about BlackBerry’s future, Barron’s reported. The analyst believes the QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Q10 could be a bigger seller than the company’s first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the BlackBerry Z10. Smithen notes that the Q10 will appeal to enterprise customers, who account for 13.4 million of the company’s total subscriber base. He estimates that as a whole the company will ship 4.3 million BlackBerry 10 devices in May but only 2.7 million in August, although he added that the “August estimate could prove to be conservative based on stronger enterprise demand for the Q10.” Smithen reiterated his Neutral rating on shares of BlackBerry with a price target of $17.
It looks like BlackBerry fans really do love their physical keyboards. Barron’s points us to a new note from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, who claims that several “store checks” of outlets in Toronto show that the “BlackBerry Q10 has been selling extremely well and has been sold out or seeing limited availability” in the city. Misek’s note on Canadian Q10 sales follows a similarly optimistic note he wrote earlier in the week about strong early Q10 sales in the U.K., so it seems that the Q10 has some solid momentum on its side during its first week of availability. The Q10, which is designed to look more like iconic pre-touchscreen BlackBerry phones, includes 3.5-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 2,100 mAh battery.
If you want a bullish sales projection for the new BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, look no further than BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, who projects that the company will sell “tens of millions” of the devices in the coming months. Bloomberg reports that while speaking at the Milken Institute conference in Los Angeles on Monday, Heins claimed that the company has seen “very, very good first signs already after the launch in the U.K.” this week and explained that the Q10 is “going into the installed base of more than 70 million BlackBerry users so we have quite some expectations” for sales of “tens of millions” of units. The Q10, which is designed to look more like iconic pre-touchscreen BlackBerry phones, includes 3.5-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and a 2,100 mAh battery.
There’s apparently a fair amount of pent-up demand for QWERTY keyboard smartphones in the United Kingdom. Seeking Alpha reports that U.K. retailer Carphone Warehouse has seen strong demand for BlackBerry’s new Q10 smartphone during its launch weekend that is significantly higher than the demand it saw for the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone released earlier this year. According to the report, Carphone Warehouse sold out its entire stock of 2,000 BlackBerry Q10s over the span of just 90 minutes, which comes out to around 22.2 phones sold every 60 seconds. The Q10, which is designed to look more like iconic pre-touchscreen BlackBerry phones, includes 3.5-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and a 2,100 mAh battery.
BGR reviewed the BlackBerry Q10 on Tuesday night, and we said it is a great handset for diehard BlackBerry fans desperate for a QWERTY phone. For everyone else, however, we thought the Z10 was a much more impressive phone for people looking to buy a BlackBerry. BlackBerry shared preliminary launch details for the Q10 a few hours before reviews were published, and it said the phone is expected to begin rolling out in the U.S. toward the end of May — priced at $250. Carriers determine their own prices so nothing is set in stone, but at $250 the Q10 will be more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S4, Apple’s iPhone 5, the HTC One, Nokia’s Lumia 920 and many other high-end smartphones. A number of pundits have called BlackBerry crazy for pricing the phone so high, but we want to know what you think, BlackBerry fans: is the Q10 worth $250? Vote in our poll below and let us know what you think. More →
T-Mobile announced on Wednesday that preorders for the QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Q10 smartphone will begin later next week. BlackBerry’s latest handset comes with a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The device also includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, LTE connectivity, NFC, a microSD slot and a 2100 mAh battery. Earlier reports suggested that T-Mobile would launch the BlackBerry Q10 in May. While exact pricing and a release date were not revealed, the company said business customers can preorder the smartphone beginning on April 29th. BGR reviewed the BlackBerry Q10 earlier this week and found it to be a decent option for those users who still require a physical keyboard.
BlackBerry’s famous hardware keyboard is finally becoming available on the company’s latest operating system called BlackBerry 10 in the coming days, and the company’s new phone is called the BlackBerry Q10. Meshing up BlackBerry’s brand new OS with the same core features and specs of the BlackBerry Z10, the Q10 is the answer for die-hard BlackBerry fanatics. But considering how good the on-screen keyboard is on the Z10 — it’s the absolute best software keyboard I have ever used, in fact — is the Q10 even necessary in this day and age?
BlackBerry on Monday announced that its second BlackBerry 10 smartphone will be available in Canada early next month. The BlackBerry Q10 will arrive on Rogers, Bell and TELUS on May 1st starting at $199 with a three-year service agreement. The smartphone is equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard along with a 3.1-inch 720p touchscreen, a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processor, 2GB of RAM, NFC, a microSD slot and an 8-megapixel rear camera. BlackBerry also announced that the Q10 will be available on smaller carriers such as Virgin Mobile, Fido, Koodo Mobile and Sasktel. The company’s full press release follows below. More →
Canadian BlackBerry (BBRY) fans who want a new device with a full QWERTY keyboard won’t have much longer to wait. MobileSyrup has captured a screenshot from a Rogers Wireless internal document showing that the QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Q10 smartphone will launch on April 30th. While Canadians will get the new device by the end of the month, we still have no official word on when Americans will be able to buy the Q10, although recent rumors have claimed that it will launch on T-Mobile at some point in May. The Q10, which is designed to look more like iconic pre-touchscreen BlackBerry phones, includes 3.5-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and a 2,100 mAh battery.
T-Mobile is slated to launch BlackBerry’s (BBRY) latest flagship smartphone later this month. Recent reports have suggested that the BlackBerry Z10 will be released on March 27th, or perhaps even earlier. It was unclear, however, if the carrier would offer the QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Q10. A BlackBerry representative reportedly confirmed to N4BB that T-Mobile plans to release the Q10 “sometime in May.” The smartphone features a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The device also includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, LTE connectivity, NFC, a microSD slot and a 2100 mAh battery.