The release of the first BlackBerry 10 handset seems to be going pretty well as 50 percent more Z10 handsets have been sold at launch when compared to BlackBerry’s previous efforts. There is currently just the one BB10 handset available for now, but we do know that the Q10 will follow shortly. However, what consumers and certain business users want is a budget version, but they may have a wait on their hands.
If you were hoping to see a next-gen Curve later this year then we’re afraid that you will be out of luck. We say this because the 2013 BlackBerry 10 phone lineup will not include any budget models, well that’s according to BlackBerry’s Stephen Bates. This does seem to go against what was said last week, because CEO Thorsten Heins said that they were to release cheaper BB10 handsets this year.
So whom should we believe? The smart money would be to believe that a budget BlackBerry 10 smartphone would be released later this year in the hope of bringing the new OS to those with a limited budget. However, it’s more likely that the Canadian phone maker will focus more on the Z10 and the Q10 this year, as they need to prove that they have what it takes to compete with the likes of the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3, well soon the S4.
It’s not all bad news though, because according to the Tech Radar report, BlackBerry could still offer a mid-range portfolio in 2013. This will not go down well with BlackBerry customers who much prefer their budget handsets.
What the company needs to do now is issue a statement on their intent, just to prove that they have not forgotten about any of their customers.