BlackBerry Z10 Release Date Set for Mid-February

The BlackBerry Z10 release date could be set for the middle of February.

New pictures of a handset said to be the BlackBerry Z10 surfaced on the internet this week. These pictures were supposedly taken at a training center in Kuwait where employees are being taught how to use the RIM device. The report also stated that this BlackBerry phone will be launching in Kuwait in the next 14 days.

The device in the new pictures looks a bit different from the previously leaked images of the Z10. However, it could just be fake casing on the actual guts of the smartphone in order to keep its design under wraps.

The handset in the pictures features the BlackBerry logo on the back and has a sticker that says Property of Research in Motion Limited. This could certainly be a demo model of the new BlackBerry.

Rumored specifications for the BlackBerry Z10 include a 4.2-inch 1280 x 768 display, an 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera. The device should be released sometime this year as RIM has been gearing up to unveil the new software.

The company will give the public a first look at its new BlackBerry 10 OS at its upcoming media event set to take place on Jan. 30 2013 and sent out invites to it last month.

RIM's market share has been on the decline for quite some time as companies such as Apple and Google have dominated the smartphone arena.

Samsung has been the one of the major reasons for RIM's demise as its Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 Android-powered smartphones have dominated a spot formerly reserved for RIM's BlackBerry. The toss up in most countries seems to be between the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3 at this point. RIM needs to release a device on par with these two if it ever hopes to gain back its prominence in the market.