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BlackBerry 10 Devices Now Expected to Launch in Q1 of 2013

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Everything else in RIM’s Q1 2013 report would have had a chance of blowing over if it was not for this one tidbit. Thorsten Heins issued a BlackBerry 10 device update that essentially pushed off the release date of BlackBerry 10 devices to the first quarter of 2013. That means BlackBerry 10 devices are 6-9 months away. That is going to be an extremely bitter pill to swallow for many though RIM does explain why they were forced to change their estimates:

The successful launch of the BlackBerry 10 platform and the delivery of high quality, full-featured BlackBerry 10 smartphones remain the Company’s number one priority. Over the past several weeks, RIM’s software development teams have made major progress in the development of key features for the BlackBerry 10 platform; however, the integration of these features and the associated large volume of code into the platform has proven to be more time consuming than anticipated. As a result, the Company now expects to launch the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones in market in Q1 of calendar 2013.

"RIM’s development teams are relentlessly focused on ensuring the quality and reliability of the platform and I will not compromise the product by delivering it before it is ready. I am confident that the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones will provide a ground-breaking next generation smartphone user experience," said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO. "We are encouraged by the traction that the BlackBerry 10 platform is gaining with application developers and content partners following the successful BlackBerry Jam sessions that we have held around the world since the beginning of May. Similarly, the reception of the BlackBerry 10 platform by our key carrier partners has been very positive and they are looking forward to going to market with BlackBerry 10 smartphones in the first quarter of calendar 2013."

The RIM conference call is about to start and I am sure we will be hearing more about this shortly. I am hoping there is a silver lining in there somewhere.

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  1. What a screw up – even as recently as last month they were still on target for late 2012. Very sad for RIM and all the people being let go. I will likely wait it out but I know many will not.

  2. This is devistating news for RIMM. Does Thorsten realize that If they wait too long, it won’t matter how good BB10 is – there will be only a few left. Hope RIMM stock can survive. What a major blunder!

  3. Just stopped by to see if there was a silver lining.

  4. Q1 in RIM-speak unfortunately is unlikely to mean January. More like March if the past is any indication. Either way, nobody but the most diehard and emerging markets will want a Blackberry. RIM is basically dead in the USA with this news, the last new devices are a year old already and people arent buying those, it’s crazy to think people are going to wait for vaporware that keeps sliding right.

  5. The biggest problem is that RIM will be back to its old tricks of releasing 6 months old hardware :(.

    But good news if devs get killer APIs to play with.

  6. I’ll stick it out as well, because quite frankly the QWERTY offerings of any other OS suck, but yes, now we have to listen to another quarter of analysts and tech people saying we told you so and RIM misses another holiday season. Not sure there is any spinning this positive…and also, the “we’re not going to put out an incomplete product” excuse is starting to lose any weight it had left. First, the PB arguably, was a complete product when released and two, I’m not sure even the iPhone 4S is a complete product yet (considering it’s annual update) so…find a way to get it out there.

    • I’m trying to wait as well but one of my sons works for Apple in tech support and he keeps telling me to dump BB and get an I-phone. Does Apples email and keyboard not work like RIMS?
      Anyone else have a slow typing response on this board? Its like type and wait a few seconds for it to show up in here? Weird

    • Yeah that is what kills me beyond anything else. QWERTY and messaging suck on other platforms. For example, even Android does not do Google Talk as smoothly as RIM and the Gmail app is riddled with annoying limitations. Add that to not having a keyboard and I get extremely frustrated. I have been trying to overcome those challenges on Android but maybe RIM will license their keyboard to help.

  7. PB was not* a complete product when released

  8. This is terrible, all the waiting and then let down.. I guess I will have to see what apple will come up with. We’ve already seen the G S3, and honestly Windows 8 is not looking all that good, so if Apple does not come up with something to compete against BES, I am going to wait like most others. But if Apple or Samsung makes a move with a service like BES, I am sorry to say I would most likely jump ship like most others did. Physical keyboard is not really that important when you got +4″ screen.

    And if BB10’s e-mail is anything like Playbook’s (slow and limited compared to BB7) I will not be happy at all.

  9. We can only hope that they are trying to lower expectations so they can beat them. I think that’s pretty unlikely though.

  10. So when exactly is Q1 2013? They just finished reporting on Q1 2012, so is RIM suggesting June 2013? Good luck with that!

    • The launch is Q1 Calendar 2013. They were reporting their financials Q1 Fiscal 2013. They definitely do need some good news.
      @LCromwell what browser are you using that is showing up slowly? That is usually the fault of the browser but I will look into it if you tell me.

  11. They’re down almost 20% in the markets today. I doubt they’re trying to lower expectations. They need a bit of good news for a change like a 4G PlayBook with BBM!

  12. Ronen its still posting way behind my typing. If you didn’t get the earlier answers I’m using the default BB browser and I’m on a torch 9850 OS 7.1

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