We recently informed you that all four major carriers in the US will be supporting the upcoming launch of BlackBerry 10, by releasing smartphones with the new operating system throughout the year. What hasn’t been revealed yet though is which BB10 handsets will be going to each respective carrier and indeed how long it will take for them to release.
The good news at the start of this week, is that it looks like T-Mobile may be one of the first carriers to release a BlackBerry 10 handset to consumers in the US. A leaked roadmap for the company has revealed a BlackBerry handset in the works called ‘Lisbon’ and that T-Mobile customers may be able to get their hands on it as early as March.
You may not be familiar with the Lisbon name, but you may have already heard whispers on a BlackBerry Z10 device. The two are thought to be the same thing and early spec rumors indicate that we could be looking at a touchscreen-based handset with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, LTE connectivity and NFC support.
You can see a potential image of the device above and although we’ve heard plenty of feedback on how RIM has ‘copied’ Apple, we still think it looks very nice indeed and one potential handset that could kickstart RIM’s revival in 2013. The roadmap obtained by TmoNews indicates that the release date for the BlackBerry Lisbon will be March 27 and as far as we’re aware, it’s the first solid release date of any kind that we’ve had for a BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
Hopefully we’ll start to see similar news for Verizon, Sprint and AT&T based BB10 handsets, but don’t be surprised if we also see some exclusivity agreements develop with one specific carrier either. Based on that promotional image above from RapidBerry though, we are very optimistic that RIM will be a great competitor to future iOS and Android based products. We’ve heard nothing but positive news regarding BlackBerry 10 so let’s hope that the event on January 30 really delivers.
Are you planning to pick up a BlackBerry 10 handset in 2013? If so, will you pick up a touchscreen model or one with a physical QWERTY keyboard instead?
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