RIM might sell hardware business after BlackBerry 10 launch
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has revealed he may consider selling the company's hardware division after the launch of BlackBerry 10
RIM could sell its hardware division once it launches the BlackBerry 10 operating system at the end of January.
Chief executive Thorseten Heins spoke to German newspaper Die Welt where he discussed the company’s ‘options’.
‘There are several options,’ he said, ‘including the sale of the hardware production.’ Heins did emphasise, however, that such a decision wasn’t one he wished to rush and said it was important to successfully put BlackBerry 10 on the market first.
He also reiterated previous statements that he would consider licensing the BlackBerry 10 software but insisted that RIM must first show the platform’s potential.
‘First we have to fulfil our promises,’ he said.
BlackBerry 10 is scheduled to launch on January 30 with two flagship models, the touch-only BlackBerry Z10 and the classic Qwerty keyboard-equipped BlackBerry X10.
The platform is expected to debut with 70,000 apps on the BlackBerry World app store and will feature an entirely new gesture-based interface with multitasking as a focus.