CNET is reporting that BlackBerry’s successor to the BlackBerry Z10 is called the BlackBerry A10, and that it’ll arrive this holiday season. Sources tell the site that while its name may be subject to change, the all-touchscreen A10 will be BlackBerry’s highest-end phone when it launches, pushing the current Z10 (pictured) and Q10 into more of a midrange position by comparison.
Specific specs and pricing details were not mentioned in the report, but it is said that Sprint has already committed to supporting the device. Sprint is currently the only major US carrier not to offer the BlackBerry Z10, but “a person familiar with the carrier’s launch plans” states that it will sell the new flagship sometime in November.
According to that source, Sprint purposefully held off on selling the Z10 so that it could focus more of its resources on the new device. The A10 will reportedly arrive on multiple other carriers as well.
Both BlackBerry and Sprint declined to comment on the report.
If the report holds true, the BlackBerry A10, like its Z10 predecessor, could face some stiff competition around the time of its launch. While the Z10 has recently had to contend with top-selling high-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, the A10 would feasibly have to go up against the successors to the iPhone 5, Galaxy Note II, and Nexus 4, all of which are expected to arrive later in the year. Much of the situation is admittedly still unknown, but smartphone shoppers just may be in for a bountiful selection in a few short months.