Two BlackBerry 10 models to be launched in early 2013, one touch screen and one with QWERTY

Two BlackBerry 10 models to be launched in early 2013, one touch screen and one with QWERTY
RIM might be alive after all, according to an executive with a carrier who has seen presentations of the manufacturer's new BlackBerry 10 devices. The executive says they are a marked improvement from the current models and makes BlackBerry more competitive to Android. The executive says RIM should be able to meet its Q1 schedule for rolling out the new line.

Speaking of the new models, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins had a quick briefing with the WSJ during which he said there eventually will be six BB10 handsets evenly divided between units with a physical QWERTY keyboard and units without. The physical shape and feel or the new models is completed and the software is nearly complete said the CEO who added, "We're near the finishing line." Initially, two units will launch early next year with one an all touchscreen model and the other sporting a physical QWERTY keyboard. BlackBerry is known for having outstanding physical QWERTY keyboards like the one on the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 which arguably is the best QWERTY ever attached to a smartphone.

The two models launching early 2013 are part of a 5 week road show that is taking the devices to various carriers. Traditionally, it takes a carrier four to eight months to beta test a new handset. With a brand new OS, mobile operators might need additional time to test the new BlackBerry 10 models.

Heins passed one important detail about the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The executive says that they will have replaceable batteries so that power users can replace dead cells with fresh ones. He also said that the carriers will support the new models, wanting RIM to keep its installed base of BlackBerry users.

source: WSJ



1. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I remember when they first came out and people who were lucky enough to have one were pretty much addicted, hence the term, "crackberry."

16. Phullofphil

Posts: 1828; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

This reminds me of what palms road map was kinda. Then they sold to HP and you know what happened with that. I hope they relize the longer they drag this out the anticipation is going to go down and they will also fall behind to far to catch up. Unless they are upgrading what the operating system does as it goes along. Because all the others are gona be coming out with new features as time goes by on faster and better hardware. Like palm did with there phones, when they did finally come out it was kinda yesterday's technology and did not live up to the expectations untill long after initional release and by that time they were an after thought and could not pull out of the abyss

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

hmmm from the picture i assume those boxes(wont call them tiles) will update like WP

5. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

are you talking about the BB10 prototype? no thats the running apps.. similar on meego how they multitask.. but i love how BlackBerry 10 did it on the OS!

10. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

oh it looks like tiles which honestly looks good if it were

18. Alistaire

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Those are suppose to be the new multi-taking feature., shows everything that are running.

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

very late release.i don't think so they will be able to gain much market share.

7. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

oh no.. its never too late.... BB10 has something that android,(good looking multitasking, etc) iOS 6(good looking features), WP8(the looks)doesnt have! the look of the new OS is very unique.. and i think RIM is on right track with this.. they do what apple did to the iOS, iOS runs on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad so apps are pretty similar! and BBM is still the best!!! but it will flop is they offered it on high price, the price that is dominated by iPhone and android royalties... if they do the same what nokia and microsoft did to Lumia 900.. if they offer it to common comsumers it will surely gonna get love again.. but then again, its up to RIM marketing strategy on how they will handle it! and a lot of people are anticipating for the new BB10 can bring... they still have loyal fans... people are looking forward for some competiton.. iOS 6 on iPhone 5 Android 4.1 on 100+ new android devices Windows Phone 8 on Nokia (im not really digging on what will samsung, htc, and huawei can bring to the platform.. i've heard that lenovo will also make phones by WP8) BlackBerry 10 on new BlackBerry Touch Screens and QWERTY keypads! and Jola OS by Jolla (the meego/maemo people from nokia, they will base jolla on meego but the core is mer!) and i think firefox and tizen are irrelevant... htlm5 might be good but not ready for primetime! and i really dont know why android is pushing people on using html5 instead of flash...

4. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

oh my gosh... i really cant wait for a BB10 device.... they better show off something extraordiary... way better specs than android.. you dont need quad core.. s4 would be nice... 4.5" capacitive with super AMOLED is goo too!!! this year... nokia lumia WP8 (with pureview i want) is what im wishing for... then next year... BB10!!! ohhh this is really beautiful!! then i'll just get an iPhone 5 if its already cheaper! :P

13. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Calm down.... Breathe.....

6. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

well now looks like we do have another strong competitor coming back to the us. cant wait.

8. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

ikr.. need more competition... WP8 and BB10 FOR THE WIN!!!!

9. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Early 2013?, thats too early RIM:-P

11. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

sarcastic much? give the company a break!

12. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Hoping for RIM to knock it out of the park. Only things I am really worried about are things a lack of apps, which killed WP7 momentum at launch and still haunts them 2 years later, and BlackBerry putting out too high priced devices. They cannot get greedy on this. If they price it out of range, consumers just will not roll the dice on something new. Still about 5-6 months away. They need this in the worst way.....

17. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

super duper agree... i think the very reason why they delayed BB0 becuase of apps... so i guess its a good choice! but if they price the phone on a wrong category (like the price of an iPhone and android royalties) they are getting the wrong market... if they will be friendlier to the carriers and offer the very first BB10 device on a cheaper price like nokia and microsoft did to their flagship lumia 900, they will get some love!! RIM really needs to do is offer the BB10 device with killer specs and a very cheap price!! they need to cut down the price of the BB7 now since it wont get an update to BB10!! they need to offer PlayBook 4G cheaper than what samsung galaxy tab is offering!

19. Alistaire

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Really though, how many apps does one really need? 10? the usual? And I hope the enterprise users won't be spending too much time playing games on their BB.

20. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I was a fairly early WP adopter, so I agree on what you said about apps. Unfortunately, the rest of the buying public doesn't. Why settle for a few thousand app selection when that Android two spots down has all the apps you could ask for? And I will spot you the business user. My point is that if the business user was all RIM was going for, they would be happy. They could easily double down on business and blow away any offering from Apple, Google, or Microsoft. But they want the casual user because that is where they real money is because that is where the volume is.

14. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Couldn't agree more with snowgator

15. bansidhar

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

2 and 3 are same

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