T-Mobile to offer the all-touch BlackBerry 10 handset beginning next month, to compete with the more popular Google Nexus 4.
Feb 05, 2013, 8:50 A.M., TUESDAY. Article by: Kevin Go – A handful of wireless carriers in the United States have already confirmed that they will be offering BlackBerry 10 smartphones but unfortunately, none of them have given any date on when the devices will start appearing on their store shelves.
This news is yet to be confirmed but it appears that T-Mobile will soon launch the BlackBerry Z10 on the 27th of March according to the Magenta carrier’s leaked launch date calendar. For starters, T-Mobile is the sole carrier of the Google Nexus 4, the current flagship Android handset.
We can already hear BlackBerry fans’ sighs of relief, if you guys can still remember, we’ve previously reported that BlackBerry’s later-than-expected release of its flagship handsets (Q10 and Z10) in the U.S. certainly hurt the Canadian firm’s stock trading performance.
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On the official launch event held less than a week ago, BlackBerry’s [previously Research in Motion] (BBRY) shares closed down nearly 12 percent on that very day since investors got caught off-guard when the company’s CEO, Thorsten Heins, announced that the Z10 and Q10 will hit U.S. shores next month.
Share trading talks aside, the BlackBerry Z10 will take advantage of T-Mobile’s 4G LTE or Long Term Evolution network — just appropriate for a slick and sleek smartphone. It’s worth mentioning that recent reviews of the Z10 from a ton of online tech news sites revealed that the full-touch smartphone’s Achilles heel is its paltry battery life, we wonder how the high-performance LTE network will impact the device’s battery life.
Given that the handset’s 1,800mAh battery has to power a 4.2 inch high-definition display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and the aforementioned power-hungry LTE radio, we’re guessing that BlackBerry fans [like me] will be forced keep their phones plugged-in most of the time.
Keep in mind that the Z10 will offer a new environment, the BB 10 world with new gestures, icons and other effects — can it outsell the LG-made Google Nexus 4? As reported by other tech sites, the Nexus 4 is still sold out on T-Mobile. Z10′s biggest advantage is prolly the LTE — but according to the same leaked release calendar of T-Mobile, it will also sell an LTE mobile hotspot that Nexus 4 owners can take advantage of.
Well it looks like the T-Mobile playground is “open.”
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