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Everything about the revamped BlackBerry was new, and shiny and bristling with a crossed-fingers kind of optimism.

One of the greatest turnarounds in Canadian corporate history rests on a new product, a new name and a new direction as a niche player.

[np_storybar title=”Loyalists insist BlackBerry 10 kicks ‘crap’ out of the iPhone 5″ link=””]Hundreds of so-called BlackBerry loyalists and journalists filled a downtown Toronto event space Wednesday for their first glimpses of the new devices and their unique features.

“Once I went BlackBerry, I haven’t gone back,” said Rajesh Kutty, a 32-year-old health-care entrepreneur based in Brampton.

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Research In Motion Ltd. began its march to redemption by unveiling two state-of-the-art, next-generation smartphones Wednesday, one excruciatingly long — and costly — year behind schedule.

The touchscreen Z10 and the Q10, with a physical keyboard for BlackBerry purists, are the long-awaited progeny of the company’s new BB10…

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