RIM to release first BlackBerry 10 phone in October, say reports

Expected August announcement will see RIM enter the last chance saloon

RIM's last throw of the dice is likely to arrive in October. The first phone running BlackBerry 10 OS could be announced in August with a release a couple of months later

The first phone running RIM's BlackBerry 10 operating system will go on sale in October, say new reports.

The new, heavily-guarded operating system is generally thought of as the Canadian giant's last shot at redemption as it struggles to come to terms with the dominance of Android, iOS and the emergence of Windows Phone.

The speculation comes from BlackBerry news site N4BB, which has been informed from sources at RIM that the announcement will come "after July".

The information fits in with the promise from new RIM CEO Thorsten Heins' to launch the first phones in the "latter half of 2012."

Not much is known about the BlackBerry 10 OS (previously known as BBX), but we're sure to find out more at next month's BlackBerry World expo in Orlando, Florida.

The OS is thought to combine the best parts of the QNX OS from the BlackBerry PlayBook and the BlackBerry 7 OS currently sitting on phones like the BlackBerry Bold. It is also thought that RIM may seek to license BB10 to other smartphone manufacturers for the first time.

The first device is likely to be the heavily-tipped BlackBerry London device, although that name may change as the autumn rolls around.

Do you think BB10 has a chance to rescue RIM from its slump of recent years, or is it simply a last throw of the dice as the former smartphone kingpin fades further into oblivion.

Via: N4BB