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Blackberry 10 phones will go on sale in February

Customers don't have long to wait
Wed Nov 14 2012, 12:52
BlackBerry 10 lock screen

CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Research in Motion (RIM) has announced that its Blackberry 10 mobile operating system (OS) will start shipping in February, following its launch on 30 January.

Following RIM's announcement on Tuesday that it will launch Blackberry 10 early in the new year, the firm has now revealed that customers won't have long to wait until the OS is available.

"We want to do it as quickly as possible," COO Kristian Tear said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, confirming that the company is sticking to its schedule for a first quarter 2013 release.

Analyst Steven Li agreed with RIM's rushed strategy. He said, "They've got to keep the buzz going. They don't have a new product for the holidays, so this was the right thing to do."

RIM will launch two new phones alongside Blackberry 10 in February, which are expected to be full touchscreen and keyboard devices, respectively. We don't know much about the two Blackberry smartphones yet, but we do know what to expect from RIM's upcoming mobile OS.

As well as a completely redesigned user interface that offers one-swipe access to a new universal inbox, Blackberry 10 comes with enhanced enterprise features, a new music streaming servive, a reworked camera application and a new Blackberry web browser.

Check out our Blackberry 10 hands-on review. µ


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