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RIM Cancels Release of BlackBerry Milan Slider Due to Hardware Issues

Research in Motion has reportedly cancelled the yet-to-be-announced BlackBerry Milan slider smartphone due to hardware issues.

The device first gained interest after an image leak on Twitter. RIM had not confirmed the device, but it was rumored that the slider would be powered by BlackBerry OS 10 and would be launched this year.

According to an article on N4BB, RIM cancelled the device even before it was launched. The exact reason behind the move is unclear, but sources claim it had something to do with a hardware problem.

RIM has yet to release a single BlackBerry 10 device. New devices were supposed to help the company compete with others in the marketplace such as Apple and Android. However, the company's inability to read the changing market landscape and lack of a competitive portfolio has caused its market share to fall drastically over the past two years.

The company's BlackBerry 10 portfolio has been plagued with delays of all kinds. Even as companies continue to release teaser videos and prepare their showcase line-up for the Consumer Electronics Show, it is unclear which products Research in Motion plans to unveil.