Research In Motion (RIM) plans to introduce its BlackBerry 10 smartphones on January 30, the company said, giving investors a measure of confidence that the long-awaited latest devices are nearing completion.
The Waterloo, Ontario-based company, a one-time pioneer in the smartphone industry, is betting its future on the success of the new line of products, which will be powered by its latest BlackBerry 10 OS.
RIM has struggled over the last 2 years as its existing line-up has lost ground to snazzier and faster smartphones like Apple Inc’s iPhone and Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy line.
RIM said that the launch event would occur simultaneously in multiple countries and that the company would launch the first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones and the BlackBerry 10 platform.
RIM promises that the latest devices will be faster, smoother and have a large catalog of applications that are now critical to the success of any new line of smartphones.
The company said that these were the first BlackBerry products to triumph Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 certifications prior to their introduction.