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BlackBerry Z10 UK release date confirmed as 31 January

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At the launch of BlackBerry 10, the release date of the BlackBerry Z10 was revealed to be 31 January.

The BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 are the first phones to use the BlackBerry 10 operating system. The full-touchscreen Z10 will be available from tomorrow, 31 January.

BlackBerry says that the Z10 will be available from all carriers and retailers, including Carphone Warehouse. We’ll be on the lookout for UK carrier pricing, which is likely to start surfacing within the next few hours.

Update: Vodafone was the first to release pricing info. It’ll offer the BlackBerry Z10 for £29 on a £42 a month contract. It’s expected to sell for around £480 SIM-free. In short, this is a top-end phone.

Whilst tomorrow's January 31 BlackBerry Z10 release date will see the first BlackBerry 10 handset offered to consumers for the first time, BlackBerry has revealed that a Canadian BlackBerry Z10 release date will take pace on February 5. After the new BlackBerry Z10 has touched down in BlackBerry's native Canada, the company has revealed BlackBerry Z10 release dates for Middle Eastern and US markets will occur in mid February and early March respectively.

"The UK will be the first market to sell the BlackBerry Z10," Rob Orr, BlackBerry's Managing Director of UK and Ireland said. Speaking at the BlackBerry 10 launch, Orr added: "From tomorrow, EE, Phones 4u, Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone, O2, Three and BT will sell the BlackBerry Z10."

BlackBerry Z10 specs
The BlackBerry Z10 is a 4.2-inch screen phone with a 720p screen, dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. It has 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable using a microSD memory card.

Lining up at just 9mm thick, the BlackBerry Z10, which is to be made available in both black and white colour schemes, features a1.5GHz dual-core processor alongside an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera and a second snapper up front.

Alongside the BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry unveiled the Q10, a Qwerty keyboard alternative that has some of the genetic material of the classic BlackBerry Bold range.

Is BlackBerry 10 enough to reverse the diminishing fortunes of BlackBerry? Two experts we talked to recently, John Lewis and an app developer, suggested that Blackberry 10 doesn’t have much of a chance of harming iOS and Android. What do you think?

In other news, RIM has announced that it is fully re-branding as BlackBerry. RIP RIM, then, but hopefully not RIP BlackBerry any time soon.

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