Thorsten Heins, CEO of RIM, has commented that the first handsets to run the BB10 operating system are ready to go.
Speaking to US tech site AllThingsD, Heins said that the firm is putting the finishing touches on the OS itself, meaning that RIM is likely to deliver on its promise of an early 2013 launch for the new platform.
Whilst originally scheduled for an autumn launch following its impressive unveiling in May, financial problems experienced by RIM have forced the Canadian manufacturer to push the release date back.
Heins described his firms approach as a “one-two punch” ready to be unleashed upon the market, confirming that two devices are lined-up for the BB10 introduction. One will feature a full touchscreen whilst the other will sport the trademark BlackBerry physical QWERTY keypad.
RIM is set to aim at the entire spectrum of smartphone consumers with the new OS, moving on to produce devices aimed at the low, mid, and high-end of the market.
With recent staff cuts and the selling of some of the firm’s assets, the launch of BB10 is likely to be a make or break move for RIM, with the manufacturer hoping to regain some of the status it once held in the mobile space.