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First BlackBerry 10 Device Will Release In October

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.

Source: N4BB (opens in new tab)