Research In Motion (TSX: RIM.TO / NASDAQ: RIMM) plans to launch BlackBerry 10 at an event on January 30th, 2013.

The BlackBerry 10 platform and the first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones will be unveiled simultaneously in multiple countries around the world.

The first devices will have touchscreens, while the models with the popular mini QWERTY keyboards will follow a few weeks later.

"In building BlackBerry 10, we set out to create a truly unique mobile computing experience that constantly adapts to your needs. Our team has been working tirelessly to bring our customers innovative features combined with a best in class browser, a rich application ecosystem, and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities. All of this will be integrated into a user experience - the BlackBerry Flow - that is unlike any smartphone on the market today," said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of Research In Motion.

Heins added that BlackBerry 10 will offer a large catalog of the leading applications including Games, Productivity, Social, Lifestyle and Leisure, Multimedia and Published Content, in addition to specific business and enterprise applications.

The BlackBerry 10 platform was awarded FIPS 140-2 certification on November 8th by the US Government paving the way for agencies to deploy the new smartphones as soon as they are available.

On Oct. 31st, RIM announced that more than 50 carriers worldwide have begun lab-testing the phones, a process that usually takes 60 to 90 days.

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