BlackBerry Z10, RIM’s first full-touch device to run its new BlackBerry OS 10, could debut as soon as February 5. That’s ‘soon’ because the Canadian company plans to officially unveil its new OS version alongside with the new hardware on January 30. And that would put the actual shipping date of the Z10 just 6 days after the announcement. That’s not timing that’s usually seen in the mobile world (except from Apple), so it would be a good thing for RIM to accomplish – especially considering how anxious its fans are to get their hands on the new hardware.
This rumor comes from CrackBerry, which is saying that on February 5, both Bell and Telus will have the Z10 in stock in black and white. Those are Canadian carriers, of course, and we bring this up because RIM has a tradition of launching its new devices in Canada first. It is, after all, its home market.
Previously we’d heard that the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone would be launched by Bell on February 28. So, the date may have changed in the meantime. Or that could have been a different device (since it was never referred to as Z10).
Or maybe this current rumor isn’t real. We can’t be sure right now. So do take this with a grain of salt.
On the other hand, if this is real, we assume RIM will want to have a release in other countries and territories as soon as possible, so it’s entirely plausible that before February ends, we’ll see the Z10 being sold in many places.