New all-touch BlackBerry 10 device (not the Z10) coming to Sprint this year
The BlackBerry Z10 isn’t coming to Sprint. We’ve known that much for about a week now. The Now Network is the only one of the ‘big four’ US carriers that has chosen this path, but apparently it isn’t snubbing all-touch BlackBerry 10 devices altogether.
In an interesting development, Sprint is apparently set to release a keyboard-less BlackBerry later this year, that will run the Canadian company’s latest operating system. It’s just not going to be the Z10. The launch will happen in the second half of 2013, “a source familiar with the situation” has told AllThingsD.
This handset will be a follow-up to the BlackBerry Z10, and not just a variant of it redesigned specifically for Sprint.
In the meantime, Sprint will launch the BlackBerry Q10, the Z10’s QWERTY-equipped counterpart, which is probably going to be available in the US around the middle of this year. For some reason, Sprint seems to think that this will be more successful than the Z10. At least in its stores.
So there’s a brand new all-touch BlackBerry 10 smartphone in the works, and it will be sold before the end of this year. It will be interesting to see whether this will be a high-end offering like the Z10, and, if so, what will happen to the Z10 once it launches.