RIM lining up six BlackBerry 10 handsets for 2013

RIM lining up six BlackBerry 10 handsets for 2013Considering how long we've been waiting for BlackBerry 10 to be finalised, it's no surprise to see that most of our attention is focused on the debut BB10 devices, which are expected to be unleashed early next year.

But of course, that's not the end of the story, and it appears RIM has already signed off no fewer than six BlackBerry 10 handsets for release during 2013.

That's according to the chaps over at Pocket-lint, who were given an hour-long closed doors briefing on the next-generation platform, plus an extensive play with the two handsets that will kick off RIM's quest for salvation through BB10.

We already know that those two devices will be a full touch handset, which will launch first, and a QWERTY/touch model that will follow soon after. The screen resolutions have been confirmed as being 1280 x 720 and 720 x 720 repectively, and Pocket-lint says that while both are very much an evolution of the traditional BlackBerry design philosophy, the all-touch model “doesn't look anything like” the Dev Alpha handset that emerged earlier this year.

The devices have both been finalised from a hardware point of view, and are currently in testing within RIM and its carriers – at least four months before even the most optimistic of launch dates.

Which means there'll be no excuse if there are any teething problems.

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Pondlife  Sep. 1, 2012 at 19:48

6 finalised and yet only one to make the launch date? wow they do impress.

If they'd concentrated on getting one or two out the door maybe they could've got them ready earlier.

asd1234  Sep. 1, 2012 at 20:06

6 finalised and yet only one to make the launch date? wow they do impress.

If they'd concentrated on getting one or two out the door maybe they could've got them ready earlier.


and why dont you try to lead RIM? I am sure you are know-all be-all of mobile devices.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 1, 2012 at 21:34

6 finalised and yet only one to make the launch date? wow they do impress.

If they'd concentrated on getting one or two out the door maybe they could've got them ready earlier.

You misread, muchacho...
both been finalised from a hardware point of view
"both" as in 2! The 2 p-l tried.

I kind of understand why they don't want to rush 1 model, though.
They need to appeal to the gameboy fans...Android/iOS, I meant. Sorry. But also to the traditional BB users. Now, if they rush the ALL-touch device to catch up with iOS/Android, and it flops, it may stop oldtime BB-loyalists from holding out for the QWERTY device. Even though the flop wouldn't necessarily mean BB10 or the devices are crap (ask Palm/HP, or Nokia's MeeGo team...).
Also, Android in particular has all price bases covered. That means RIM need a toucher, a qwerty-bar, a flagship and a cheap/budget model... etc etc... I think 3 or 4 models are necessary.
As to the time frame... well, people congratulated Nokia for churning out the Lumia 800 in under 12 months (stealing the N9's body etc), but lets not forget: WP 7.5 was ready when they started, the hardware was ready, and still, the Lumia launched with bugs... some quite bad (battery...) ones.
Again, Palm bet the house on the Pre and O2... ouch.
RIM don't have the might of Nokia and MS, so, let them take the time to get it right.

PS
@asd,
I think you read a bit much into pondlife's comment (his flawed reading aside). There's logically nothing wrong with his OPINION. And until recently, rumour was RIM were doing exactly as pondlife suggests: release 2 devices in 2012, and the rest in 2013.

Pondlife  Sep. 2, 2012 at 03:57

If you've not released any wouldn't it make sense to look at how well the two do and the wants of the market after they've seen them than make another four to vague unknown wants and expectations. Does still say that the launch is just one model and another to follow anyway which if they are done and the launch is next year.....

Says more about low expectations of nokia that 12 months was considered fast than anything else.
I'm not sure they have time to get it right, how many are waiting on them before buying..

As for asd yeah it's hard to imagine how anyone could do better than rim isn't it, they are doing such an impressive job...

beersingh  Sep. 14, 2012 at 16:58

i am a blackberry user but i think i will have to switch from blackberry.because no new models no new features. and now blackberry 10 is delayed..

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