Research in Motion has sent out a press release to inform the world that it will be launching BlackBerry 10 at an event scheduled for 30 January, 2013. The event is going to be an international affair, happening in several countries at the same time, and it will contain our first official look at the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
BlackBerry 10 is an incredibly important release for the company, as the software must compete with iOS, Android and Windows Phone, and is widely considered to be RIM’s make-or-break move.
We’ve been treated to several early glimpses of the software, plus a few leaks regarding the hardware, but the finer points and the user experience still remain a mystery. RIM will reveal the first two BB 10 phones, the L Series touchscreen handset and the N Series QWERTY device, during the event.
It will also finally provide the release dates too, which it has said will be between January and March 2013, although analysts have predicted it will be closer to March. We’d like to hope that the end of January event signifies BB 10 phones will be on sale in February, although judging by the early announcement of the event, it could be that RIM is preparing us for a longer than expected wait for the final product.
Following RIM CEO Thorsten Heins’ rousing performance during the BlackBerry 10 Jam Americas event, development of BlackBerry 10 has been continuing at a decent rate, with developers starting to submit apps in October, and at the beginning of this month, the OS was sent to 50 networks for advanced testing ahead of its release.
The pressure is on for RIM, but now we now all will be revealed at the end of January next year.