BlackBerry Z10 makes passage to India, with $800 price tag

India joins the U.K. and Canada as countries getting the new touch-screen BlackBerry ahead of the U.S.

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins showing off the Z10 (right) and Q10, which is launching in a few months.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins showing off the Z10 (right) and Q10, which is launching in a few months. Sarah Tew/CNET

India is now the latest country to get BlackBerry's Z10 handset.

The company today announced that it has launched the smartphone in India for 43,490 rupees ($800). The device is already available in the U.K. and Canada .

According to BlackBerry, the handset will be offered in over 2,000 retail locations across 50 cities around India. The handset will support carriers running 3G or HSPA+ networks, and the handsets will fully support global roaming.

BlackBerry is taking its time offering its new line of handsets around the world: The U.S. is expected to get the Z10 towards the middle of next month. However, when it launches in the States, it won't come with the massive unsubsidized price tag that Indian consumers will confront, since carriers here will subsidize the price.

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