Research In Motion (RIM) looks set to release its first BlackBerry 10 (BB10) device in the final quarter of 2012.
The smartphone-maker's chief executive Thorsten Heins has previously stated that a handset running the BB10 operating system will arrive in the second half of the year.
Citing an unnamed source, tech news site N4BB said the first of these smartphones will be unveiled by RIM by mid-August, with the touch-only device set for release in the first half of October.
Meanwhile, the website claimed the first BB10 phone with a qwerty keyboard will not be available until the first quarter of 2013, although it is currently unclear if this handset will be a slider.
RIM will no doubt hope BB10 signals a change in fortunes for the company, which saw its smartphone shipments fall by 21 per cent quarter on quarter in the three months to March 3rd.
Revenues also slumped by 19 per cent on the previous three-month period.
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