Research in Motion has sent out a press release announcing that it will show-off its new BlackBerry 10 operating system, and the smartphones on which it will run, at an event on January 30, 2013.
While this may sound a long way away — and in the grand scheme of tech press events, two-and-a-half months notice is a lot more than others provide — BlackBerry 10 has been in development for many, many months, so this slow pace is in keeping with its gestation.
BlackBerry 10 is hugely important to Research in Motion, as it’s charged with bringing the company back from the brink and tackling the might of iOS and Android, therefore it needs to be done correctly.
According to the statement, we’ll be seeing the new software along with two new phones, most likely the L Series and the N Series handsets, featuring a full touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard respectively. RIM will also finally provide the date of release for the phones.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has long said BlackBerry 10 will be out during the first quarter of 2013, and while an event at the end of January rules out an entire month, it still has two more months to get the product into stores in order to meet its own deadline.
It recently made an important step in the direction, when it reported BlackBerry 10 devices and software had been sent to 50 carriers around the world for testing — an essential, final part of the long process of bringing BB10 to sale.
Research in Motion’s big January event will take place in several countries around the world all at the same time, but we’re going to need a little more patience before we see how BlackBerry 10 has turned out.