Canadian telecoms firm Research In Motion has announced that it will herald the arrival of its new-generation BlackBerry 10 OS with a special launch event on 30 January, 2013.
The unveiling - which will be synchronised "in multiple countries around the world," according to the firm - will see the official release of RIM's new mobile platform, as well as introduction of the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
Speculation points to the initial BlackBerry 10 product line being comprised of an L-Series touch-screen mobile – potentially code-named the London for the UK market and the Laguna in the US - and a more traditional N-Series device sporting a QWERTY keyboard.
Additional gossip points to a handset code-named the Aristo and featuring a quad-core Qualcomm CPU clocked at 1.5GHZ in addition to 2GB of RAM, and a 4.65in, 1,280 x 720 pixel display. Indeed, some rumours point to the on-going development of as many as six BB10 devices in all.
"In building BlackBerry 10, we set out to create a truly unique mobile computing experience that constantly adapts to your needs. Our team has been working tirelessly to bring our customers innovative features combined with a best in class browser, a rich application ecosystem, and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities. All of this will be integrated into a user experience – the BlackBerry Flow – that is unlike any smartphone on the market today," said Thorsten Heins, president and CEO of Research In Motion.
"We are looking forward to getting BlackBerry 10 in the hands of our customers around the world," he added.
The apparent confirmation of a late-January launch could go a long way to appeasing the North American firm's more ardent critics, who have been given ample ammunition of late, not least in the form of persistent rumours that RIM's new BB10 platform might not arrive until March 2013 at the earliest.
But the clouds over Ontario may well be clearing. In addition to the news of a release event, the BlackBerry 10 platform became RIM's first mobile OS to get pre-launch FIPS 140-2 cryptographic module certification, meaning that it is cleared for use by US government agencies – a big PR boost and a useful selling point from an enterprise market perspective.