BlackBerry launched the Z10 last month with efforts to come back into the smartphone race. It didn’t really do much, but it was definitely a step up from previous BlackBerry 7 devices. However, according to a major retailer in Canada, the BlackBerry Z10 outsold the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3.
The Globe and Mail is reporting that Glentel Inc., based in Burnaby, B.C., sold more BlackBerry Z10’s than the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 from the time the device hit the market. There’s no specific number yet, but that doesn’t really matter when it comes from a retailer.
In a statement released on Monday, Burnaby, B.C.-based Glentel Inc., said the new Z10 model was “the leading smartphone” sold within its 330 Canadian Wirelesswave and Wave sans Fils retail stores since the device’s launch on Feb. 5.
RIM is obviously not going to sell more Z10’s than its rivals, because let’s be honest, both the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 have been around for sometime and have had amazing sales. The Z10 is new and will take a long time to sell millions of units like its rivals. It is, however, far better than previous BlackBerry phones, and RIM has done a very good job with the new BlackBerry 10 OS as well. The retailer didn’t provide any actual sales figure for the Z10.
We will have to wait for RIM to announce its financial results for Q4 2012, only then we’ll know how many Z10’s did they actually ship. RIM is said to announce the results on March 28th. The company had previously stated that BlackBerry Z10’s launch was the biggest ever BlackBerry product launch.
Comparisons with smartphones such as the iPhone 5 did show that the BlackBerry Z10 running BB OS 10 is pretty good and in some cases, better than iOS. Who will win this smartphone race? Apple and Samsung are clearly at the top and will probably not come down anytime soon. So the real competition that BlackBerry has to tackle are smartphones from HTC, Nokia, Motorola and LG. Do you think the Z10 will see any success?