BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has revealed that he is ‘encouraged; by BlackBerry Z10 sales, despite suggesting it is still too early to celebrate.
The first BlackBerry 10 powered handset to hit the market, the BlackBerry Z10 holds much of the company’s expectations on it shoulders with many industry commentators suggesting the BlackBerry 10 OS, finally launched after numerous delays on January 30, could be make or break for the Canadian firm.
Speaking at local businesses meeting in Waterloo, Canada, the BlackBerry CEO stated that “the feedback has been very encouraging” for the BlackBerry 10 launch, a handset which is now available in 21 countries having originally launched in the UK in January.
Claiming that reception to the device had been “remarkable” and that the former smartphone giant had seen the handset eat into the market share of rivals Apple and Android, Heins remains cagey around exact BlackBerry Z10 sales figures with the company currently in a quiet period ahead of its quarterly financial results on March 28.
Suggesting that it is still too early for the company to celebrate despite ‘encouraging’ sales, Heins added: “We’ve just started to climb the mountain.”
Hinting that retailer have welcomed a device to rival the iPhone and the ongoing onslaught of Android handset’s Heins went on to suggest the BlackBerry 10 OS is breaking up a duopoly held by Apple and Google. He added: “Duopolies are very dangerous because they basically own the market and carries don’t like that.”
BlackBerry Z10 Specs
Sparking a new ear for the BlackBerry brand, the BlackBerry Z10 plays host to a selection of high-end innards, with a 4.2-inch touchscreen display and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor wrapped up within a svelte and visually appealing 9mm thick shell.
Further benefitting from 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage – expandable via microSD – and an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera with 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities and the BlackBerry Z10 is quickly marked out as the manufacturer’s most specs impressive handset to date.
Although currently the only BlackBerry 10 handset on the market, the QWERTY keyboard hosting BlackBerry Q10 UK release date has been confirmed for April.
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