According to a report from CNET, the A10 will be an all-touchscreen device much like its predecessor, the Z10. The new device, which is scheduled to launch sometime in November, is expected to be the new top-tier BlackBerry device, bumping the Z10 and the keyboard-equipped Q10 down to the mid-tier. The recently-announced Q5, meanwhile, remains the entry-level option for emerging markets.
The flagship A10 has been confirmed by an inside source for Sprint Nextel’s network, a contributing factor to the carrier’s decision to pass on the Z10 earlier this year. After learning what BlackBerry had planned, it opted to skip the Z10 and wait for the A10 despite having to endure the ire of some of the BlackBerry contingent (Sprint did, however, make it explicitly clear previously that it was “not done” with BlackBerry in 2013).
Though Sprint is the only confirmed carrier to offer the A10 thus far, it is widely expected that at least some if not all of the other Big Four network providers will carry it as well. Plans for the final name of the device — which is also going by the codename “Astro” — are also subject to change, though “A10” is in line with the current naming scheme of BlackBerry 10 devices.