In what has become an increasingly rare occurrence over the course of recent history, beleaguered BlackBerry maker RIM has just cause for celebration this week, following a massive leap in company stock prices. Ahead of the expected BlackBerry 10 release date early next February, RIM’s prospects for 2013 have apparently caused investors to double-take, sending stock values up no less than 55% over the last 30 days.
Friday in particular brought the kind of good fortune that RIM hasn’t seen for quite some time, when stock prices spiked 14% in the course of one day alone. The renewed optimism has been generated by early reviews and sneak-peaks of the company’s new Smartphone range and mobile operating system, ahead of a scheduled BlackBerry 10 release event/unveiling on January 30th next year.
So far, RIM has reported that BlackBerry 10 in the form of two devices and the new mobile operating system has been shipped to at least 50 major carriers all over the world, while the web continues to be flooded with leaked images of prototypes and extensive descriptions of specs and features.
Following a 2012 that almost saw the Canadian company fold in its entirety in the face of competition from Apple and Android, analysts are now predicting that the BlackBerry 10 launch will lead to at least 35 to 40 million sales from the new range alone next year. If true, RIM will have managed to engineer the mother of all comebacks and silenced its critics once and for all – many of whom had already concluded that BlackBerry 10 was simply too little and far too late.
Among the rumored specs and features, the first wave of BlackBerry 10 Smartphones is expected to include full touchscreen and slide-keyboard variants, packing 1.5GHz dual-core processors, 1GB of RAM, various storage options and an 8-megapixel rear camera.