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RIM: Rumors About BlackBerry 10 Problems “Simply False”

Research In Motion has a simple rebuttal to rumors claiming it hasn’t been truthful about the reasons behind the delay of its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system: They’re bogus.

Responding to a Boy Genius Report post claiming it hasn’t yet been able to integrate its core email, calendar and messenger features into BlackBerry 10, RIM said the post was “inaccurate and uninformed,” and reiterated its original explanation for delaying the first phones running its next-generation platform until the latter half of 2012: The company is waiting on a more power-efficient LTE chipset.

“RIM made a strategic decision to launch BlackBerry 10 devices with a new, LTE-based dual core chip set architecture,” the company said in a statement given to AllThingsD. “As explained on our earnings call, the broad engineering impact of this decision and certain other factors significantly influenced the anticipated timing for the BlackBerry 10 devices. The anonymous claim suggesting otherwise is inaccurate and uninformed. As RIM has previously explained, and as Mike Lazaridis reiterated on the earnings call, we will not launch BlackBerry 10 devices until we know they are ready and we believe this new chip set architecture is required to deliver the world class user experience that our customers will expect. Any suggestion to the contrary is simply false.”

So … whom to believe? That’s a tough call at this point, given RIM’s narrative over the past year. As one source close to the company told me, “I don’t know if the BGR report is true, but it’s certainly plausible. RIM’s a train wreck right now and the ‘we’re waiting for an LTE’ excuse rings a bit hollow to me.” Whatever the case, it’s easy to believe the worst, and that’s sadly telling in itself.


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