BlackBerry’s alleged plan is to release its next flagship smartphone, called the all-touchscreen BlackBerry A10during the holidays.
The A10 already has one U.S. carrier backing it. Sprint Nextel, which opted to skip the Z10, will sell the A10 in November, according to a person familiar with the carrier’s launch plans. Sprint doesn’t have an exclusive agreement with BlackBerry, so expect the A10 to be offered at other carriers. AT&T and Verizon Wireless were on board with the Z10 and Q10.
CNET further observed that the flagship device has been referred to as the A10, as well as the code-name Aristo, but the final name could possibly change. While it will likely get an updated version of the BlackBerry 10 operating system, most of its improvements may come in the form of better specifications and higher-quality design and build. The Q10, for example, shows a step up in design over the more generic-looking Z10.
BlackBerry first announced in January that it plans to release a total of six BlackBerry 10 handsets on different carriers worldwide during 2013. The full range of devices will fall under various pricing tiers and offer a bevy of features that may appeal to specific sets of users.