RIM to live-stream BlackBerry 10 launch tomorrow

People can watch on the Web as RIM unveils its new BB10 operating system and devices on Wednesday.

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins at a BlackBerry event last year.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins at a BlackBerry event last year. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

Those of you who want to catch RIM's BlackBerry 10 action tomorrow can tune in to a live Webcast.

Scheduled to start at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET tomorrow, the event will run simultaneously in New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Dubai, Johannesburg, Jakarta, and Delhi. People who can't make the trip to any of those cities can watch online through RIM's Newsroom page.

CNET will be covering the event, of course. You can follow our live blog with blow-by-blow news, photos, and commentary.

The event will see RIM spotlight its new BlackBerry 10 operating system and its first two BB10 smartphones. Details on the phones, including their availability, will be revealed at the event.

The two phones have been dubbed the Z10 and the X10 , according to rumors. The Z10 will be a touch-screen model, while the X10 will sport the traditional physical keyboard. The Z10 is expected to debut first, reaching consumers sometime in February.

Research In Motion has high hopes for its new operating system and phones. The company has been hit hard by competition from the iPhone and Android devices and needs a jolt to grab customers and win back its lost market share.

But analysts have been skeptical as to whether RIM will score enough points with BB10.

"RIM continues to face the twin demons of consumer-driven buying power and a chronic inability to appeal to mature market consumers," Ovum analyst Jan Dawson said in a blog last month. "There is nothing in what we've seen so far of BB10 that suggests it will conquer the second of these demons, and the first is utterly out of RIM's control."

 

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