BlackBerry to introduce the A10, another touchscreen handset

BlackBerry logoBlackBerry's next flagship handset will be the all-touchscreen BlackBerry A10, according to CNET. The A10 will follow in the footsteps of the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, the company's respective touch-enabled and keyboard-equipped handsets. The A10 is slated to launch during the holiday season.

There isn't much more information about the A10, but Sprint has apparently confirmed that it will carry the handset. That's an interesting bit of news since the carrier held out on BlackBerry's first touchscreen device and opted to wait for the launch of the Q10. That device still doesn't have a solid release date beyond "late summer."

BlackBerry sales have been under some scrutiny lately. Shipping estimates for the Z10 handset have been improperly reported. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins told AllThingsD back in February that the handset launch was one of the best ever in Canada, but there were no official sales numbers to refer to. Later in March, BlackBerry held its financial earnings call and revealed that the company had missed its sales projection for the final quarter of its fiscal 2013 year. It's also unclear how many Z10 handsets are actually being sold because the company isn't releasing much information about sales either.

As for the Q10, it appears to be doing well. It's the "fastest-selling consumer electronics product ever" in the UK, with its entire stock selling out in just two hours according to Selfridges. The Q10 was supposed to be available late last month in the US on Sprint, though no release date was ever officially announced. Regardless, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless subscribers can pick one up beginning next week.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: BlackBerry, smartphones

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