Finally 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