RIM planning six BlackBerry handsets in 2013

RIM planning six BlackBerry handsets in 2013

Research In Motion (RIM) is planning to launch six brand-new BlackBerry devices in the next 12 months to freshen up the handsets available to businesses users.

While the company does not have a stand at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a number of executives are present, talking up the release of the new devices in 2013, which will be discussed at the January 30th launch of the BB10 operating system.

Speaking to FierceWireless, chief marketing officer, Frank Boulben, said two handsets running BB10 would be launched at the event at the end of the month. He said one would be a full touch-screen device, while the other will boast a QWERTY keyboard, as the firm looks to appeal to those who have stuck with it on the back of the keypads.

By the time 2014 ticks around RIM will have launched six new devices onto the market covering high, middle and low-end sectors of the market.

Mr Boulben also noted that the company has not done any exclusive deals with carriers, adding: "We intend over time as we transition the portfolio to have a full range of devices."

Corporate and government customers will be targeted by the mid and high-end devices, which will boast the increased security provided by the new OS.

As well as a boost in security, Mr Boulben also promised the introduction of 70,000 applications at the launch of the devices, with 90 per cent of the most popular apps around ready to go on the BB10 devices by the time they come to market.

BB10 is the evolution of RIM's existing BlackBerry operating system and will feature a new interface, which boasts a host of time-saving features for business users. BlackBerry Flow, which allows users to scroll seamlessly between apps, has been added, as well as BlackBerry Peek, a feature allowing users to glance at other applications without leaving the one they are currently using.

BlackBerry Hub can combine a number of inboxes, message and notifications into one location, meaning that professionals spinning a number of plates can keep their eye on a number of things and never miss a meeting.