RIM will launch at least six BlackBerry 10 phones this year

January 10, 2013

While we know quite a bit about the BlackBerry 10 phones RIM will announce later this month, it turns out that the company is a bit more ambitious.

RIM will follow up the first pair of BlackBerry 10 devices with at least four others this year, CTO Frank Boulben told FierceWireless. ” We intend over time as we transition the portfolio to have a full range of devices,” Boulben said. 

The idea makes a lot of sense. Rather than the one-price-fits-all approach that Apple takes with the iPhone, RIM plans to create devices for multiple price points. This will allow it to target not just the high-end, but the mid- and -low-ends as well. The strategy is perhaps more important in developing markets, where low-end devices are essential.

Offering a range of phone seems like an obvious tactic, but it’s not one that most smartphone markers are particularly good at. Samsung, which launched 37 phones last year, is an exception. Price differentiation is a big part of the reason why the company made $8.3 billion last quarter — so there’s no doubt that the tactic pulls in major cash when it’s done right.

That last bit is important. RIM has to do this right. Offering multiple phones at varying prices isn’t going to do much for RIM if the devices are poorly made and scare potential buyers away. As potentially lucrative as the tactic is, RIM also has to stay focused on its larger strategy — increasing its paltry 5.3 global marketshare — as well as fleshing out the BlackBerry 10 ecosystem.

So far, it seems as RIM has a pretty good idea of what it wants to do. The question is whether consumers will respond to what it has to offer.

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