RIM seems to be betting the bank on their new Blackberry 10 platform and its accompanying selection of Blackberry 10 smartphones and tablets as a way of regaining some of their former glory. However it looks like it will only be the later part of 2012 when we can start seeing what RIM has up their sleeves.

According to company executives during RIM’s earnings conference call on Thursday, it was revealed that the company’s first Blackberry 10 smartphone will only be arriving in the “latter part” of 2012. The reason behind this delay is because RIM was looking to launch their Blackberry 10 series of smartphones and tablets with dual-core processors and 4G LTE connectivity.

However the chip that RIM planned to use will not be available until the middle of next year at the very earliest, hence the delay. This chip is apparently a “highly-integrated” chip with low power consumption that many have come to expect from Blackberry devices. What do you guys think? Is RIM taking a huge risk here by banking on how wonderful their Blackberry 10 devices will be that they’re willing to cede market share to their competition for the first half of 2012?

So far we’ve only seen alleged leaked photos of RIM’s Blackberry 10 devices, the Blackberry London and the Blackberry Milan. From a design standpoint they look pretty good, but as to how well they will handle and perform remains a mystery for now.

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