No BlackBerry 10 phones until late 2012

We have seen a couple of leaks of new BlackBerry smartphones and in turn, the new BlackBerry 10 operating system (formerly known as BBX). Which led us to believe that the next generation of BlackBerry smartphones would be with us sooner rather than later. Apparently, that's not the case.

RIM has used its latest sales report to confirm that its new range of handsets will not be with us until late 2012. Why? The availability of processors required for the QNX-powered devices.

'We now expect our first BlackBerry 10 smartphone to come to market in the latter part of calendar 2012,' confirmed Mike Lazaridis, Co-CEO of RIM. So the likes of of the BlackBerry Milan and the Surfboard will be staying as prototypes for more or less another year.

That could mean tough times ahead for RIM, which will be launching new devices, but nothing to take the company to a new level. With other platforms consistently pushing the boundaries, RIM could see its market share slide in comparison. Although, saying that, its current results aren't exactly anything to shout about.

The results for the last quarter are mixed, with profits down by 27% and a forecast that the company will only sell 11-12 million smartphones over the Christmas period. However, on the flipside, revenue is up 24% from the last quarter and subscribers are up 35% year on year to 75 million. So not all doom and gloom. During that last quarter, RIM shipped approximately 14.1 million BlackBerry smartphones and approximately 150,000 PlayBook tablets.

The shadow of the BlackBerry network outage still looms large though, with Lazaridis admitting that the company was working out how RIM can recover from the most 'trying' quarter in the company's history. That will start with a renewed assault on the tablet market with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, which will make its debut in February 2012.

Source: Pocket-lint

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