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BlackBerry 10 will kill off laptops in three years, says RIM chief

RIM boss Thorsten Heins has said the forthcoming BlackBerry 10 platform will render laptops obsolete within three years.

Speaking to the New York Times, RIM chief executive Heins asserted that "whenever you enter an office, you don't have your laptop with you, you have your mobile computer power exactly here".

"You will not carry a laptop within three to five years," he added.

Last week, the firm announced that it would launch its next-generation BlackBerry 10 operating system and line of smartphones at a special event in January.

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.

RIM is hedging all its bets on the success of BlackBerry 10. Once considered the bastion of the mobile industry, the firm has seen an excruciating 90 per cent knocked off its share price as customers have deserted BlackBerry for Android and iOS handsets.

"I don't expect things to get much worse," remarked Heins on BlackBerry's struggling position.

Blackberry 10 will be launched on 30 January, 2013.