First BlackBerry 10 smartphones to be released a month after the platform's announcement

First BlackBerry 10 smartphones to be released a month after the platform's announcement
About 10 weeks time separates us from the official launch of BlackBerry 10 OS. RIM's newest platform will be presented on January 30, 2013, along with the first two smartphones that will run it. One of the handsets in question will be a full-touch device, while the other will be a typical 'Berry, with a portrait QWERTY keyboard under its screen.

Now, anyone who is still loyal to the BlackBerry ecosystem is probably wondering when RIM will make these two smartphones available for purchase. Well, that is already known: during an interview, RIM’s COO Kristian Tear said that both devices will be released across "multiple continents" no later than 30 days after their announcement. The launch will be gradual, meaning that the two handsets will be available in select markets initially, after which more countries will follow suit. Further details on the matter, such as pricing, or the list of countries that will get these two BlackBerry 10 smartphones first, have not been disclosed yet.

The first BlackBerry 10 smartphones are already being tested by carriers, and the platform itself has been certified for use by the government. Nevertheless, some institutions have already started replacing their 'Berries with iPhones and Android smartphones. While RIM is confident that BlackBerry 10 will change everything, others predict that the platform will be "dead on arrival".

source: SFGate via BerryReview

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11 Comments

1. tech_lover

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

too late bb..by that time 1080p screens and quads will become standard requirements for every geek..bbye bb

3. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

what about non geeks, they make up more of the market then geeks besides if quad core isnt needed it wont become standard, right now its just bragging right and not been used to its fullest

4. Valdomero

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Yep, it's like having a ferrari to go to work around the corner, it's just too much. Dual-Cores is the standard, they should make duals since their devices wont require much power (I believe). Anyway, they should keep up with the competition, they should make business AND casual/geek/whatever phones. business phones who doesn't require much camera mp, should be like 3.2mp with lower screen resolution and casual/geek/whatever phones, should have at least 8mp with 1080p screen resolution. Something like that.

8. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

It has a quad core, it uses the Snapdragon S4 Pro. And the screen resolution is still fine, 1280x768 on a 4.5 inch display, that's over 300ppi! I still rock a 1366x768 display 18.5" monitor on my desktop computer.

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

its bad enough that they waited so long to get BB OS upgraded but not were going to release new phones a month after annoucements??? I think this is where Apple does best, announce and next day release new phones. It should be the standard!!

5. Valdomero

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

that's bad planning, they should release the phones while they're announcing the phones.

6. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Indeed, why wait further when you have announced the devices... Kinda disappointing.

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

My bet is that RIM is expecting real world results that require fixes and firmware updates. No matter how good the rollout, there always some problems. Releasing BB10 in small doses allows for them to fix problems in small doses. If there is a "soft start" for a few weeks followed by a massive launch, that is okay. If they are talking gradual over months, then there will be further evidence that RIM just does not understand how to compete anymore.

9. jibraihimi

Posts: 815; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

In 10-14 weeks time we will see Full HD smartphones from Sony, LG, samsung etc..... And by that time we will also see upgraded model of HTC droid DNA with 32/64 GB internal memory and 2500 mah battery..........

10. Ghostrider30 unregistered

I am really looking forward to this! Specifically a QWERTY device. Everything is touchscreen these days, and there are still some, including myself, very loyal to the QWERTY and enjoy it much more. Best wishes to RIM and I am excited to see the N series in the "flesh".

11. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i cant wait for BlackBerry 10! thats all i can say!!! and update for PlayBook!

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