BlackBerry 10 handsets confirmed for January 30 launch

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Research In Motion will launch its new line of BlackBerry 10 smartphones on January 30, the company has announced.

The release of the long-awaited devices will coincide with the official release of RIM’s new mobile platform in a launch that will be synchronised in multiple countries around the world. The twice-delayed event will see RIM unveil two smartphones and the platform that powers them. The first devices are reported to have touchscreens, while phones equipped with the mini keyboards typically favoured by BlackBerry users will come later.

RIM, BlackBerry’s makers, said that the new devices will be faster and smoother and will have a well-stocked app store by the time of their release. The company’s fortunes have tumbled over the last two years as its devices have been overtaken by Apple’s iPhone and by Android-based devices.

Last week, RIM said the new platform and devices had received US government security clearance, meaning that US and Canadian government agencies can equip their staff with the phones as soon as they are ready.

Thorsten Heins, president and CEO of Research In Motion, said: “Our team has been working tirelessly to bring our customers innovative features combined with a best-in-class browser, a rich application ecosystem, and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities. All of this will be integrated into a user experience – the BlackBerry Flow – that is unlike any smartphone on the market today.”

We will keep you updated on BlackBerry 10 as and when we find out more.

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