updated 05:35 pm EST, Thu December 15, 2011
RIM says London won't arrive until late 2012
RIM during the call discussing its latest quarterly results delayed its first BlackBerry 10 phone to the "latter part" of 2012. It wanted a dual-core processor with LTE-based 4G support, but this chip wouldn't be available until the middle of next year. Co-CEO Jim Balsillie justified the delay by noting that the company wanted a "fully featured" platform with a healthy ecosystem, specifications, and design, making it wait for the new chip.
It was a "highly-integrated" chip, RIM said, that could lead to a "highly aggressive" design with lower power use that Americans would expect from a BlackBerry, even on LTE. RIM currently uses a TI OMAP processor in the PlayBook and might be waiting on a newer generation.
Developer phones were still in the works to give a preview.
The delay past the repeatedly promised early 2012 date could be dangerous for RIM. During the call, RIM admitted that the "competitive launches" of the iPhone 4S and Android devices had hurt its results in the fall. While hopeful that BlackBerry 7 phone sales would keep it growing, it now won't have an answer to Apple, Samsung, or others for most of 2012.