BlackBerry 10: 10 Things We Know for Sure, Ahead of the Big Reveal
A Much Better Touch-Screen
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has told eWEEK that RIM has invested considerably in its touch-screen technology, which in the past has been criticized. "We've spent a lot of innovation on the full-touch virtual keypad," he said. “That was huge for us. We want the typing experience to get at least as close as it can to a physical QWERTY." RIM's new touch-centric smartphone, he added, is "going to set the bar for other touch devices."
Research In Motion will finally introduce BlackBerry 10 to the world Jan. 30 at a New York City event. RIM officials have been talking about the new mobile platform that will see the company through the next decade—and save it from ruin—since even before the October 2011 introduction of BBX, which, due to a trademark infringement, was later renamed BlackBerry 10. RIM soon afterward changed leadership, and months into his new role, CEO Thorston Heins delayed BB10's launch from late 2012 to early 2013. He has since dropped hints and made promises, but so far only RIM's carrier partners have had an unimpeded look at the devices (RIM showed them off, wrapped in rubber bumpers, to limited numbers of journalists at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show). The reaction from the carriers, Heins said during RIM's December 2012 earnings call, has been "exceptional," as they "understand the need for the smartphone industry to continue to deliver innovation" and see "the potential" in BlackBerry 10's unique features. Heins added, "We have many other features and more surprises that will be unveiled at launch." Below, eWEEK has pulled together what people can for certain expect to see Jan. 30.