New BlackBerry phone launched in US in key test
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The newest version of the BlackBerry smartphone went on sale in the United States (US) on Friday in what is seen as a crucial test for the struggling tech firm.
The BlackBerry Z10, the first phone using the new BlackBerry 10 platform, is being sold through T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, and at US retailer Best Buy.
The new platform is seen as the Canadian firm's last opportunity to regain ground in a market dominated by Google's Android and Apple's iOS operating systems.
The touchscreen Z10 has already been launched in other markets, including Australia, Britain and Indonesia. The company also plans a model with a physical keyboard called Q10.