By Sumit Passary | Sep 04, 2012 01:19 PM EDT
BlackBerry fans can rejoice as the Canada-based smartphone maker has some new devices up its sleeve. Research In Motion (RIM) revealed to Pocket-lint that it will be launching six brand new smartphones that run on its latest BlackBerry 10 operating system in early 2013. The devices will cater to the entry-level, middle, and high-end consumer market.
RIM gave a sneak peek of two of its six BlackBerry 10 devices to Pocket-lint recently. The names of handsets have not been disclosed, but CNET suggests that these devices could be given the monikers BlackBerry London and BlackBerry Nevada.
Previously, in a statement to a developers blog, BlackBerry confirmed the standardization of the screen resolution - "Full touch devices: 1280 x 720 (16:9) and Keyboard devices:
720 x720 (1:1)" - which is reflected in the Pocket-lint preview.
One handset, likely the Nevada, will include the traditional physical QWERTY keyboard and a 720x720 capacitive touch display, offering a similar experience to users like the current BlackBerry Bold 9900. Pocket-lint claims that the other device (probably the London) is a touchscreen-only smartphone. The device will have a high-definition 1280 x 720 display. The screen resolution is the only specification that appears in the Pocket-lint report.
"In the hour-long play we've had so far with the two devices, we were shown a number of features of the new OS as well as being told that the hardware had been finalised and was now in a testing phase within RIM and the operators. That process is expected to take until the expected launch next year," indicated Poket-lint. Furthermore, the Web site avers "If you're a BlackBerry user, trust us when we say you'll be excited."
RIM, a decade ago, was one of the most popular smartphone makers. However, in recent times, the Canadian smartphone maker has lost a hefty chunk of its market share to other players like Samsung, Apple, and Nokia.
The million-dollar question that piques the mind is if the launch of the BlackBerry 10 devices will turn the tide in RIM'S favor.
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