Tuesday, January 29, 2013

BlackBerry Z10 to hit retail on Jan. 30, BlackBerry OS 10 launch day

RIM's biggest announcement ever -- the one that the company hopes will return it to relevance -- is due tomorrow, Jan. 30 at 10:00 a.m. EST in New York City. While RIM made us aware of that date months ago, what still isn't officially known is when the first BB10 devices will hit retail. Based on a report on Tuesday, it looks like the answer is: the same day.

A Vodafone UK (VFUK) employee has leaked an internal memo from the carrier, confirming that the heavily-leaked BlackBerry Z10, the first device to run the company's new operating system, will go on sale at 5 p.m. local time on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The memo also states that phones will be in-stock at all store locations by Jan. 31, implying that some shops will be out-of-stock the first day.

5 p.m. in London works out to be 12 p.m. EST, so RIM's launch event will begin a scant two hours before the device's release to retail.

The BlackBerry Z10 is said to be VFUK's first "4G Ready" device, meaning it will work with the carrier's LTE network once it launches. The devil is in the details, though, but since BB10 won't be unveiled until Wednesday, the details most want are monetary.

VFUK users will pay £47 per month for 3GB of data and unlimited talk and text opver a two year contract. Meanwhile, the lowest-cost monthly option is a £25 plan with an upfront cost of £229 that includes a scant 100MB of data, unlimited texts, and 100 talk minutes.

Specs have been around for a while: The company sports a 768 x 1280 pixel 4.2-inch screen (which amounts to a ~355 PPI or better than Retina pixel density). It has 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, and 2 GB of RAM. Rear-facing camera will be 8MP, while the front-facing one will be 2MP.

Those who like the color white should be warned: That model won't be available until mid-February.

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