RIM officials have announced that the upcoming smartphone platform, BlackBerry OS 10, will be launched in the third quarter of this year. The version will be accompanied by a brand new device and may be an option for existing phones as well.
Thorsten Heins, RIM's own CEO, states that a BlackBerry 10 device will be unveiled in the "later half of 2012". Some sources however, claim that the first smartphone with BB OS 10 will be unveiled in mid-August.
The phone should hit the market in the first half of October and will bring a revolutionised concept. As sources claim, this would be a touch-only device, with the standard physical QWERTY keyboard being replaced by a larger screen.
The October time frame fits perfectly with the back-to-school program and just before the Holiday season.
Rumours have it that this could be the "BlackBerry London", a dashing looking phone which would supposedly integrate a dual-core TI OMAP processor chip, clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage as well as rear facing camera with 8-megapixel resolution.
Moreover, this is expected to be thinner than the iPhone 4 and as large as the upcoming Galaxy S3. QWERTY fans can also rest assured, as sources also state RIM will release the first BlackBerry 10 OS with a physical keyboard, and perhaps even a slider, in Q1 2013.