Analyst: All touch BlackBerry 10 model to launch in March with QWERTY version due in June
400,000 BB10 units shipping in the February quarter with 2.2 million to 2.5 million shipping out in the next quarter.
The delayed QWERTY devices are a problem for RIM, according to the firm, because it doesn't see too many upgrades from older legacy devices to full touch screen models. Detwiler Fenton is "skeptical" about RIM's chances for success because of the competition from Samsung, Apple and Microsoft and says that developers have limited interest in the platform, ranking it fourth among the major ecosystems.
RIM's response? "Details of the commercial availability for BlackBerry 10 will be announced at the global launch events on January 30. Our executives have made it clear that the touch screen device will be available shortly after launch with the physical keyboard version to follow shortly after that."