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BlackBerry A10 to be a ‘big’ full touch phone with a Q4 release date

BlackBerry’s next flagship BB10 handset is set to be a ‘big’ full touch device to rival the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, industry sources have revealed.

Expected to land as the BlackBerry A10, the company’s BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 follow-on will reportedly see the manufacturer once again troubling the big players, with an expansive touchscreen display reportedly backed up by a bulging array of premium innards.

Suggesting the handset could help finally restore BlackBerry’s ailing fortunes, an insider within a leading UK network provider, who claimed to have sampled a prototype device, told us the as yet unconfirmed BlackBerry 10 handset will play host to a ‘big’ full touch display, scrapping the physical QWERTY keyboard supported by both the BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Q5.

Hinting that the handset could be around the 5-inch mark in size, our source told us the device will be a powerhouse of the smartphone scene, with BlackBerry getting ready to throw everything it can at this new, flagship handset. They failed to provide further details on the handset’s exact specs sheet.

Although failing to confirm the name of the device, the insider suggested the handset, which has leaked elsewhere as the BlackBerry A10, will supersede the BlackBerry Z10 as the Canadian manufacturer’s flagship handset. They added the A10 arrival could see the Z10 price pushed down to a more affordable mid-market level.

Completing BlackBerry’s 2013 line up, the Canadian handset manufacturer revealed earlier in the year it would launch five new phones this year. Our industry insider telling us the Z10, Q10 and BB Live unveiled Q5 will be joined by the mysterious ‘big’ full touch device and a new BlackBerry 7 OS powered handset.

BlackBerry has yet to offer any word on the mooted BlackBerry A10 arrival. We will keep you posted on all the latest BlackBerry A10 news as and when we get it.

Interested in BlackBerry handsets, check out our full BlackBerry Q10 review.