Research In Motion (RIM) announced the official January 30 launch date for its brand spankin' new BlackBerry 10 platform last month, but it just now sent out launch event invites to the media. I feel like I've been complaining about how long it has taken RIM to ready BlackBerry 10 for years, because, well, I have been complaining about how long it has taken RIM to ready BlackBerry 10 for years. This invite really drills home just how close the BlackBerry 10 launch is. I received an invite to the New York City event, because I'm on the east coast, but RIM will also hold BlackBerry 10 launches in Toronto, London, Paris, Johannesburg and Dubai. The event is scheduled to take place between 8:30 AM and 1 PM ET. That's four and a half hours, so I have to wonder what kind of show RIM has in store for attendees.
RIM is expected to release the first, all-touch BlackBerry 10 "L-Series" smartphone shortly after the launch event, and the first BlackBerry 10 "physical" QWERTY device should be available a few weeks later. (Read my first impressions of both devices here.) The next few months will be some of if not the most important days in the history of RIM and BlackBerry, and I look forward to attending this launch, which could potentially mark the start of a major comeback for the Canadian company.