Here’s one for the loyal BlackBerry fans – Research In Motion (RIM) has just announced that the new BlackBerry 10 devices are all set for the early 2013 launch. Along with the announcement, the company also added that the new devices will be faster and smoother than its existing phones and have a large catalogue of applications that are crucial to the success of any smartphone.
The global launch, which will take place on 30th January next year, is an event that has been long delayed by RIM. As a matter of fact, the last time we’ve ever heard from them was as far back as late 2011, when they announced their last major product release, the BlackBerry 7 lineup.
Since then, the company has lost their footing from once being a leader in the smartphone market, to giving up ground to Apple’s iPhone and practically anything that runs on Google’s Android mobile software.
Perhaps laying low has its reasons?
Last month, RIM began carrier testing on the new devices, with an initial rollout to more than 50 carriers. They’ve also said that the current BlackBerry users have highly influences the design of the new BlackBerry 10 devices. Techies (and the entire world, really) can expect to see a full touchscreen BlackBerry model as well as a touchscreen model with a physical QWERTY keyboard come 30th January 2013.
According to Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear, the new phones both build on the strengths of RIM’s existing OS and improve on its weak points. Well, we don’t know that for sure if we’ve never seen it – but we’ll just have to take their word for it.
After all, didn’t a wise person once say that patience is a virtue?