The Straits Times
Published on Nov 14, 2012

RIM sees BlackBerry 10 devices in stores soon after launch


WATERLOO, Ontario (REUTERS) - Research In Motion (RIM) is confident its new BlackBerry 10 devices will be 100 per cent ready for the Jan 30 launch and available in stores "not too long after" that, chief operating officer Kristian Tear said on Tuesday.

"We're working hard right now to make sure all the bits and pieces and all the details are in place for the date, when the devices will be available for consumers and enterprises," Mr Tear told Reuters in an interview.

RIM, which virtually invented the concept of mobile email with its first line of BlackBerry devices more than a decade ago, was roundly criticised for the botched 2011 launch of its PlayBook tablet computer, which RIM had hoped would compete with Apple's blockbuster iPad.

The PlayBook looked pretty and had top-of-the-line hardware.