RIM Ships 7.8M Smartphones In Q1 2013, Down 30 Percent From Last Quarter’s 11.1M

It’s been a bleak call, thus far.

We just heard on RIM’s Q1 2013 earnings call that the Waterloo-based company only shipped 7.8 million smartphones this quarter, which is down 30 percent from 11.1 million units shipped last quarter.

Though the BlackBerry Bold continues to be a strong product, fierce competition from both Android vendors and the staggering iPhone 4S numbers only took the company further into its hole of despair.

Hopefully, BlackBerry 10 will reignite consumer enthusiasm, though unfortunately the new mobile OS is a bit delayed. Moreover, RIM itself admits that BlackBerry isn’t for everyone.

In related news, BlackBerry PlayBook sales are down almost 50 percent, with just 260,000 units shipped.