Monday, 30 January 2012

RIM's roadmap for 2012, early 2013 leaked

Last year, around the same time, a leaked RIM roapmap for 2011 revealed some good stuff that RIM was to deliver through the year. However, nothing really fell in place for the company. Earlier this month, we saw reports talking about how RIM, not only plans to try its hands in the tablet market, but is also all set to bring along not one, but two PlayBooks (7-inch and 10-inch), BlackBerry Curves and more. BGR has got its hands on a complete, detailed roapmap, which shows the company plans for 2012 and early 2013. Evidently, there is nothing exciting coming from RIM, until the end of the year. The chipset delay won’t see the BlackkBerry 10 devices enter until the end of the year, but speculations are rife about the first Blackberry 10 smartphone to be introduced in September.
Not-so-interesting road map
Not-so-interesting road map (Image Credit: BGR)

However, it’s clearly a long wait, by the time we see the company brewing its devices. The company plans to dish out a slew of handsets running on BlackBerry 7 OS, which will receive an upgrade, as 2012 comes to an end. The third quarter of 2012 (September, October and November) or slightly later will see the launch of mid range Curves – 9360 and White 9380 running on BB7. Moving on to the first quarter of 2013, the company will introduce White 9380 and Colors 9360 upgraded with BB7.1. As the 10-inch PlayBook isn’t in the picture, RIM will only show the newer versions of its PlayBook in a 7-inch form factor. The speculated launch of the rumored BlackBerry 10 slider Milan is not in the roadmap. And, it is prepping up the release of the 9220 and 9320 Curves in the first and second quarters of next year, respectively. 

During this span of time, companies are expected to push in their slew of Android-based devices and the entry of the iPhone 5, could make it difficult for BlackBerry devices to sustain a grip over markets.

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