Since no deal has been made for BlackBerry’s buyout and no deal is on the horizon either, the Canadians are said to be going about their business as usual, working on follow-up devices for the Z30 and Q10 despite sales numbers looking horrendous.
The rumor about BlackBerry Z30’s US release timeline from back September may have been off by a month or so, but the biggest and baddest BB device ever has at long last landed on Verizon earlier today.
What’s next for BlackBerry? It’s a question that many have (obsessively) asked of late, especially after the Canadian company’s last two financial reports, culminating with a $1 billion monetary loss and the slashing of close to 5,000 jobs.
As Samsung and Apple look stronger and stronger in the smartphone market’s top two spots and other Android-focused OEMs continue to make important strides (mainly Sony, LG, Huawei and ZTE), it doesn’t seem like Nokia and BlackBerry will get many more chances to up their game.
Remember when BlackBerry (or as it was known back in the day, RIM) was considered the unsinkable, unbreakable flagship of the sea world consisting of smarter or dumber phones? The memory is all that’s left of those times, with BB now looking like a shabby rubber raft, threatened by the quietest of winds.
Well, what do you know. Despite recent struggles and ominous projections, BlackBerry is going forward with plans of new smartphones based on the BB 10 operating system.
Seen by many as BlackBerry’s last chance for survival, the BB 10 OS is yet to turn the ill-fated company’s financial distress around. But there’s still time. Or is there?
BlackBerry Q10’s slightly more modest brother, the Q5, is now available for UK pre-orders via online retailer Unlocked-Mobiles. The price is set at a fairly steep £349.98 including VAT, which translates into around €410 or $545.