RIM is looking to turn the tide on its somewhat ominous looking fate with the promise of seven new handsets "over the coming months".

According to the company's Co-CEO Jim Balsille, the new mobile phones will be running BlackBerry OS 7. RIM has allegedly been struggling to get smartphones up to "market expectations", meaning it is yet to ship a new handset this year. 

The company has managed to add 1 million new BlackBerry subscribers in EMEA over a period of 3 weeks. A significant number, but nothing when compared to Google's 400,000 daily Android activations. 

As of now only the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 has been announced. It is a slimmer take on the companies' usual QWERTY design conventions and coupled with the success of BBM, could help turn RIM's fate. BBM has been crucial in keeping RIM's devices in with the cool crowd, the company now allegedly adds 48 new users to the service every second. 

According to Mike Lazardis, RIMs second CEO, the decision to hold back on handset releases could mean that the company will emerge ahead of the competition. 

Don't expect things to get particularly exciting in the BlackBerry camp until QNX-powered handsets start being released, which are not likely to hit shops until 2012. Things like the BlackBerry Storm 3 and Torch 2 could help pass the time for RIM, but it definitely needs to get its skates on and get some handsets released.

Return to form for BlackBerry? Or bad times? 

Hunter Skipworth

The baby of the Lint team, Hunter has been a tech fan since he bought his first MiniDisc..and what a waste of money that was. He began writing about electronics at the age of 16 and hasn't stopped since. Nowadays he fulfils his mobile phone and gaming obsession whilst attempting to distract people from his bizarre name. Regular meetings with the Gladiators crew see Hunter often returning to work battered and bruised. Considers himself a music obsessive, was once the most highly decorated scout in the country. Fan of trousers.