When it rains it pours for manufacturers who are looking to keep its products from public consumption before the company is ready to release a product formally. That doesn’t mean that the folks at BlackBerry/ Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) didn’t allow these photos to get into the hands of someone who would begin spreading the news for them in an effort to build up some hype. And certainly a bit of buzz for a company with the troubles that BlackBerry/ Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) has wouldn’t be the worst thing.
Earlier this month, photos of the BlackBerry A10 “phablet” found their way on to numerous websites and today saw the Twitter user @nvthanh1994 showed pictures of the A10 to the world from Vietnam. No word was given as to how he came upon pictures of what looks to be a fully functioning A10.
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The phone looks beautiful with its 5″ screen, considerably bigger than Blackberry/ Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) has ever released before but smaller than some phones running Android with screens over 6 inches. With rounded edges and a grey “beard” framing the black phone, the phone is purported to feature quad-core processor and 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display.
BlackBerry A10 Christmas season release anticipated
The phone is expected to be released some time late this year. Presumably, Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) will launch the phone before the holiday season. We assume potential sales of the device during the Christmas season would prompt BlackBerry into making sure that all the bugs are ironed out and ready for what could be an all important launch for a company that analysts have been tolling the bells.
BBRY A10 releasing to Sprint, AT&T and Verizon
Additional rumors suggest that it will be released to all three major U.S. wireless carriers: Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S), AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Sprint is the notable name here given that the company declined to offer the BlackBerry Z10, opting to wait, presumably, for the release of the A10 which is meant to be a game changer for the much maligned Waterloo, Ontario company.
While many analysts have mixed opinions about Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB), nearly all agree that if the A10 doesn’t live up to expectations the company’s fall or acquisition by another will become imminent and no longer an oft-speculated point.