RIM Responds To New Claims Of BlackBerry 10 Hardware Delays


Over the past several months, we’ve fielded a lot of rumors regarding just when RIM’s BlackBerry 10 hardware might come out of hiding and finally hit stores. We started to narrow-in on a window after RIM announced the platform itself would launch right at the end of January, with the first phones arriving sometime after that but before we got into Q2. Most recently, some comments from a RIM exec that the hardware would land “not too long after” the platform launch had us hoping we’d see the new BlackBerrys go up for sale in February. Now some analysts are claiming that March is the best we can hope for, with some hardware not arriving until June.

A report from firm Detwiler Fenton asserts that we’ll see GSM touch-only BB10 hardware come out in March. CDMA versions would follow a couple months later, with Verizon and Sprint getting theirs in May. Then, we’d have to wait until June before the hardware QWERTY N-series phone became available.

RIM was quick to respond to those claims, and while it wasn’t willing to offer much in the way of specifics, assures us that details of BB10 retail launches will arrive at its January 30 event. It also re-confirmed that its first full-touch hardware will arrive “shortly after launch” and the QWERTY version “shortly after that”. While there’s some room for interpretation there, that sounds like an assurance that we won’t be waiting until June.

Source: Fortune
Via: BGR

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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