For over a year now, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the debut of RIM’s next BlackBerry platform. While it was going by BBX this time last year, we’ve since learned that the OS will debut as BlackBerry 10. Over the past several months, we’ve heard a lot about the software, as well as the launch hardware, and have been wondering just when we’d get the opportunity to see whether or not BlackBerry 10 has what it takes to restore RIM’s fortunes. The company’s made it clear that we’ve been looking at a Q1 2013 launch, but rumors of delays had us wondering just when in Q1 RIM’s news might arrive. With the days left in 2012 rapidly counting down, RIM has finally spoken up about the BlackBerry 10 launch, revealing plans for its big announcement to arrive on January 30.
While it still may be several weeks following RIM’s event before we actually get a chance to pick up any BB10 hardware, on January 30 RIM will spell-out the details on just which handsets will be available, and when. Even if we don’t see the phones go up for sale until closer to March, RIM’s wise to announce the hardware early, so it doesn’t get completely overshadowed by the early-year expo events; we’ve got the CES a few weeks prior in January, and the Mobile World Congress later in February. By splitting the difference like this, RIM could get some much-needed attention during an otherwise lull in smartphone news.
Are any of you still cautiously optimistic about the BlackBerry 10 launch, or has RIM taken simply entirely too long getting things ready, and you’ve subsequently lost interest?