RIM schedules BlackBerry 10 launch event for January 30, 2013

RIM schedules BlackBerry 10 launch event for January 30, 2013Finally some concrete news on BlackBerry 10: RIM's make-or-break bid to keep in the mobile mainstream officially kicks off on January 30, 2013 with an official BB10 launch event to be held simultaneously in several locations around the world.

The event will see RIM CEO Thorsten Heins unveil both the next-gen mobile platform itself and details on the first set of handsets tasked with bringing it to the wider world.

While the official press release doesn't specifically mention the number, it has already been made clear that BlackBerry 10 will launch with a pair of devices – an all-touch “L Series” handset (along the lines of the two development devices that have already been farmed out) and a more traditional QWERTY-based “N Series” option.

As for the date, assuming it doesn't get pushed back for any reason it's pretty much exactly when Heins has been suggesting it would be over the past few months, though given the length of the wait for BB10 overall, any further delays at this point would be hard to forgive.

In fact, it's been such a long time since we've had some really good, concrete RIM-related news to report, we'll let Thorsten himself bring us home:

“In building BlackBerry 10, we set out to create a truly unique mobile computing experience that constantly adapts to your needs. Our team has been working tirelessly to bring our customers innovative features combined with a best in class browser, a rich application ecosystem, and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities.

“All of this will be integrated into a user experience – the BlackBerry Flow – that is unlike any smartphone on the market today.

“Thanks to our strong partnerships with global carriers and a growing ecosystem of developers, we believe our customers will have the best experience possible with BlackBerry 10. We are looking forward to getting BlackBerry 10 in the hands of our customers around the world.”

Heins certainly knows how to talk the talk; in two and a half months, however, we'll finally know if BlackBerry 10 and RIM's latest smartphones are as good as he's making them out to be.

Via the BlackBerry Blog

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Pondlife  Nov. 12, 2012 at 20:05

Thought one had been expected at launch and the other to follow?

ipeters43  Nov. 12, 2012 at 20:29

“All of this will be integrated into a user experience – the BlackBerry Flow – that is unlike any smartphone on the market today."

Well unfortunately that is a given as blackberry have hardly apps compared to IOS/Android...

So choices;
a) rock bottom pricing
b) through in the towel
c) through in the towel after trying to push water up hill for 9 months
d) release free killer App e.g Sat Nav App as good as TomTom devices....
e) pay millions to App developers and let them keep 95% of all app revenue

said truth is that phone is no longer just a phone its a phone and mobile applications device... but blackberry will be just a phone for a long time to come

Pondlife  Nov. 13, 2012 at 01:32

Throw...
Water is regularly pushed uphill...
Two current platforms have sat nav that is as good as tt already and one dying one...

Stelph  Nov. 13, 2012 at 09:02

The first mobile OS that actively encourages and makes it easy for content creators to use their devices (so steps away from tablets being content consumption only) will pull in a lot of business, personally I would like to see RIM go in this direction. It wouldnt take that much effort either, providing free support and encouragement to a couple of companies like Adobe to add a photo editing software, pixel for video editing etc, then make the devices USB host capable and/or even allow a full SD reader on a tablet and your straight it, it matches well with the "business" image RIM likes to present

Pondlife  Nov. 13, 2012 at 09:31

With even the student version of Photoshop cs6 weighing in at more than the cost of a 64gb playbook and nigh on three of them for the full retail version I don't see that happening any time soon. Already basic version on ipad and android little incentive for them to make full version. Both have ways to make SD cards accessible and Asus docks have SD slot I think.
Seems like it would be possible to do full version on proper windows 8 tablet though....

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