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There Will Be No Entry-Level BlackBerry 10 Devices in 2013, Just High-Enders and Mid-Rangers

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Back when the BlackBerry makers were known as RIM and their devices were the bomb not only among “suits,” you could hope to find something attractive in the BB line no matter your budget. But then the fall into the pits of despair came, which forced RIM to undergo a major re-branding.

Now BlackBerry 10 looks like it could prove a bigger success than anticipated, but unfortunately that won’t extend to the entry-level smartphone niche. At least for the time being, as there will “certainly” not be any BB10 devices introduced by the end of this year.

That’s official information, revealed by Stephen Bates, BlackBerry’s European Managing Director. Bates stated in a talk with Tech Radar that the high-end Z10 and Q10 are “a statement of intent – to demonstrate vividly the new BlackBerry”.

Going forward, BB’s intention “is to evolve that portfolio to enter the mid-tier”, but to not get “to the entry level tier for some time”. That’s certainly vague, but, while there’s no clear mention about any other BlackBerry 10 devices coming this year, our money is on at least a couple of extra launches – a top-end gadget and a mid-ranger.

Via [Tech Radar]

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