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First BlackBerry 10 handset rolling out in October?

A bit earlier than expected
by Neps Firmalan | Apr 27, 2012
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We previously thought that the first device based on RIM's upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform will arrive at the end of this year. Now, we're hearing reports that the actual market arrival could come a bit sooner. When? Try October, with possible a mid-August unveiling.

The report came from n4BB, whose source spilled the beans regarding RIM's schedule in launching the first BlackBerry 10 device. Speaking of which, it is said to follow a touchscreen design, something that the Canadian-titan has increasingly embraced in its most recent releases. We could possibly looking at the so-called London superphone which we first heard of at the beginning of this year. If the October roll-out will indeed be followed, then it would definitely be in time for the holiday rush. Also, we're told that another BlackBerry 10 device with a QWERTY keyboard will arrive at the beginning of next year.

As for the QNX-based BlackBerry 10, we still don't know much in terms of its features. However, we're guessing major changes, especially in terms of navigation and UI, from its predecessor, BlackBerry OS 7. RIM's former co-CEO has previously said that the first BlackBerry 10 device will be delayed because of critical chipset issues. We don't know if they're over that now but we won't be surprised if they'll indeed unveil something big in the next few months. The question is, whatever it is, will it be enough of a trump card for RIM? We'll be keeping watch.

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