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RIM delays BlackBerry 10 phone to late 2012, hints 2-core 4G

updated 05:35 pm EST, Thu December 15, 2011

RIM says London won't arrive until late 2012

RIM during the call discussing its latest quarterly results delayed its first BlackBerry 10 phone to the "latter part" of 2012. It wanted a dual-core processor with LTE-based 4G support, but this chip wouldn't be available until the middle of next year. Co-CEO Jim Balsillie justified the delay by noting that the company wanted a "fully featured" platform with a healthy ecosystem, specifications, and design, making it wait for the new chip.

It was a "highly-integrated" chip, RIM said, that could lead to a "highly aggressive" design with lower power use that Americans would expect from a BlackBerry, even on LTE. RIM currently uses a TI OMAP processor in the PlayBook and might be waiting on a newer generation.

Developer phones were still in the works to give a preview.

The delay past the repeatedly promised early 2012 date could be dangerous for RIM. During the call, RIM admitted that the "competitive launches" of the iPhone 4S and Android devices had hurt its results in the fall. While hopeful that BlackBerry 7 phone sales would keep it growing, it now won't have an answer to Apple, Samsung, or others for most of 2012.

By Electronista Staff


  1. slapppy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2008



    Where is the keyboard? This not a BlackBerry without the Keyboard. Their CEO's said that touch screen is useless. You need a real keyboard.

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999


    Fold it up, mate

    RIM will soon be useless.

    Research in Motion. What kind of motion? Spinning wheels in the mud.

  1. climacs

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 2001


    late 2012? rufkm?

    will they even be around then? by then they will be chasing iPhone 5. Good god. Give it up, hosers.

  1. facebook_Lewis

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    Joined: May 2012



    RIM might be behind Apple but, even the i-phone 5 doesn't have 4G. I see this as an Apple failing. They could have put the 4G on the i-phone 4S but they didn't, who knows when they will come out with a 4G phone. Granted, Apple has the app market but I don't use a lot of apps and I do like to have the fastest internet access I ca get.

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