Research in Motion (RIM) have announced that the next edition of the Blackberry smartphone will be available from January 2013.
The date for Blackberry’s new wave of smartphones have been announced: January 30, according to Engadget. However, the pre-launch publicity does not indicate when the phones will be available for consumers to purchase. The new devices were to be launched during 2012 but there was a delay due to technical and production reasons (see an earlier Digital Journal report).
RIM CEO Thorsten is quoted by T3 as saying: “RIM's development teams are relentlessly focused on ensuring the quality and reliability of the platform and I will not compromise the product by delivering it before it is ready. I am confident that the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones will provide a ground-breaking next generation smartphone user experience.
"The reception of the BlackBerry 10 platform by our key carrier partners has been very positive and they are looking forward to going to market with BlackBerry 10 smartphones in the first quarter of calendar 2013."
According to the BBC, the new range will consist of two models. One edition will have a touchscreen, while the other model will have a standard Qwerty keyboard (common to current models). Both models will run on Blackberry 10, an upgraded operating system.
Other features are likely to include a platform-wide flow interface, a new intelligent keyboard, as well as a camera app which allows the user to adjust a portrait by moving through time to optimize picture quality.
How the smartphone is received will be of interest given that RIM was once a leading name in smartphones. In recent years the Canadian company has struggled to keep pace with of Apple and Google.