BlackBerry: Z10 sales deliver first day pop

BlackBerry's Z10 launch was strong in Canada and company confirms solid U.K. sales.

BlackBerry issued a terse statement touting its first day launch of its Z10 smartphone.

Thorsten Heins, CEO of BlackBerry, said:

In Canada, yesterday was the best day ever for the first day of a launch of a new BlackBerry smartphone. In fact, it was more than 50% better than any other launch day in our history in Canada. In the UK, we have seen close to three times our best performance ever for the first week of sales for a BlackBerry smartphone.

As noted on Tuesday, Wall Street analysts have been cautiously optimistic about the Z10 launch largely based on U.K. sales.

Analysts noted the following on the Z10 launch:  

  • Z10  (review ) is in the discussion with Samsung's Galaxy SIII and Apple's iPhone 5 for now. 
  • There are sell-outs in the U.K. 
  • Reps are a bit mixed on the device and how it stacks up with the competition. 
  • The research notes about Z10 sales are based on traction in the U.K. primarily.

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