Reports have emerged that Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) will be launching the first BlackBerry 10 device by August. According to a blog focused on BlackBerry devices the first BlackBerry 10 handset will be released near the start of October. This is inconsistent with earlier reports which pointed to a September launch for the first BlackBerry 10 device.
For the moment no details are available on the upcoming BlackBerry devices although it may feature a touchscreen display. The same blog also hinted that the first BlackBerry 10 device that will feature a QWERTY keyboard will be released sometime in the first quarter of next year.
The first BlackBerry 10 device was supposed to be launched by RIM last year. But the co-CEO of RIM, Mike Lazardis revealed last December that the release of the BlackBerry 10 devices will be postponed to the later part of 2012 since the processor selected by RIM was not yet ready.
Sales of the devices of RIM has gone down after this announcement by the then co-CEO of RIM as fourth quarter sales saw an eighty percent decrease which resulted to the acknowledgement by Thorsten Heins, the present RIM CEO, that major changes are needed for the company.
For the moment no significant changes were announced by the company although reports have hinted at the possible sales of patents or licensing of the BlackBerry 10.
However it appears that some observers have speculated on the survival of the company until the release of the BlackBerry 10 device in October. Some analysts have aired their doubts on the issue last month.
According to Jeff Kvaal of Barclays, the initial enthusiasm for the BlackBerry 7 devices appear to have gone down following its launch around six months ago and the outlook of the company does not appear to be good. Similar views were aired by analysts from Morgan Stanley and CIBC even as the company is reportedly preparing the launch of its BlackBerry 10 devices.
For the moment it remains uncertain if the company will remain afloat until it will finally unveil its first BlackBerry 10 device into the market.