RIM BlackBerry 7 to coexist with BlackBerry 10

Research In MotionResearch In Motion yesterday held its annual shareholder assembly. While there was not much that was new, one interesting topic that came up was what would happen to BlackBerry 7 once BlackBerry 10 came out. It appears that retirement is not in the cards just yet for the older operating system.

RIM did not provide many details on this dual-strategy. Expect BlackBerry 7 devices to occupy low- and mid- pricing tiers and continue to be a big part of RIM’s offering in developing markets. BB10 devices will become RIM’s new flagship devices (hopefully without a price premium).

It’s not clear how long BlackBerry 7 will live on. A leaked BlackBerry 10 device roadmap suggests a number of devices will be released next year. These will gradually push BlackBerry 7 out to pasture. It’s also not clear if we will see new BlackBerry 7 devices and how much (if any) additional development RIM will put into the OS.