After what at least feels like an eternity of delays and disappointment, the BlackBerry 10 release date is at long-last on the horizon – and this time it’s official. Over the past 24 hours, Research in Motion’s CEO Thorsten Heins has confirmed that the long-awaited launch even for the new OS and device range will take place on January 30th – up to two months earlier than most analysts had expected.
RIM stated that the full details of BlackBerry 10 including specs, features and global release dates will be revealed on the day itself, though it is expected that both the full-touchscreen and standard keyboard versions will debut side by side.
The fate of the project and indeed the company as a whole will rely primarily on BlackBerry 10 OS however – the new software platform destined to go head to head with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.
“In building BlackBerry 10, we set out to create a truly unique mobile computing experience that constantly adapts to your needs,” Heins said in the statement.
Having struggled to remain afloat throughout a year of heavy losses and waning consumer and investor confidence, RIM hopes that BlackBerry 10 will have what it takes to propel the once-Canadian giant back to the big leagues. While BlackBerry gained enormous popularity for its security features and general corporate-friendliness, the devices quickly began to look and feel massively outdated when market-leaders like the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S range began dominating the market.
Now however, BlackBerry 10 has reportedly taken several leaves form the books of both Android and iOS, while at the same time refining all of the key features that made the original BlackBerry such a success in the first place.
BlackBerry 10 will however also have to prove its worth against Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8, which has also just hit the market and is gunning for the same top-three position.