RIM may launch two BlackBerry OS 10 phones this year, alongside new PlayBook and two Curve handsets
A week ago we brought you some information about RIM’s purported roadmap for this year. It included two PlayBook tablets (a 7-incher and a 10-incher as well later on), a BlackBerry OS 10 phone, and two Curve handsets.
Some of that information has been confirmed today through another rumored roadmap uncovered thanks to BGR‘s sources. As always with these things, have a decent quantity of salt nearby.
So, apparently there will be a new PlayBook in May or June, size unknown (so it could be the 7″ tablet previously rumored for April), with a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 42 Mbps HSPA+ mobile data connectivity built-in, and NFC support.
Again we’re hearing that the first BlackBerry OS 10 smartphone (codenamed London) will arrive in September. But this time we’re also told that there will be another OS 10 device out this year – in December. It will be a member of the Bold family, and, as you’d expect, will have both a touchscreen and that signature BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard underneath.
This is interesting because after RIM reportedly cancelled the BlackBerry Milan portrait slider project (which was also supposed to run OS 10) we were led to believe that there would be just one next-gen BlackBerry out in 2012. But perhaps that won’t be the case after all.
A QWERTY slider running BlackBerry OS 10 may arrive in the first quarter of 2013. This may be the rehash of the aforementioned Milan project – or will we see the first BlackBerry to come with a side-sliding physical QWERTY? It remains to be seen.
Back to this year, the two BlackBerry Curve devices reappear, and this time we even get their models. One will be the 9230 (EDGE-only), and the other will be called 9320 (and will support HSPA). The previous roadmap rumor said that these will be aimed primarily at emerging markets in the Middle East and Asia.
Other minor updates to existing devices may surface throughout the year, but overall this is claimed to represent the entirety of RIM’s plans for 2012 and beyond. If true, it would be a refreshing change of pace from the myriad of launches we’re used to seeing each year (on the other hand, it might spell trouble as the first next-gen phone will only arrive so late – we’ll see).
Since this is the second rumor to talk about the new Curve smartphones, the PlayBook in spring or early summer, and the BlackBerry London launching in September, we’re pretty confident that these things will indeed happen. That said, don’t take all of this for granted and do expect slight changes down the road here and there.