The surprise move came as the company kicked off a series of around-the-world events unveiling BlackBerry 10, along with the firsttwo devices to run on the new platform.
The Z10, which features an all-touch keyboard, is rolling out over the next several weeks. It hits the United Kingdom on Thursday, Canada on February 5, the United Arab Emirates on February 10.
The United States won’t see the Z10 until sometime in March.
The Z10 will cost about C$150 on a 3-year contract in Canada, but pricing wasn’t announced for other countries.
The Q10, which features a classic BlackBerry tactile keyboard, could come out in April, but that timeframe is still up in the air. BlackBerry said it is in discussions with carriers.