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BlackBerry Planning A New Tablet and Smartphones for 2013

rimlogo.jpgThere are many questions over RIM's ability to deliver BlackBerry 10 OS and the new device hardware. However, if it does achieve its aims, a leaked roadmap shows where these new devices are headed, even as new current-gen models launch around the world. 

PlayBook Isn't Done Yet

Despite the huge losses in its tablet foray, RIM isn't done with the device category yet. According to a roadmap shown on BlackBerryOS.com, a new 4G PlayBook is scheduled for the end of this year and, if BB10 takes off, another one, code-named Blackforest, possibly sporting 128GB of storage and a 10" screen, is due in the second half of next year.

Despite the recent losses and further redundancies, the company still has a master plan which should see BB10 launch in Europe in January with an American launch around a month later. This will feature the "London" all-touchscreen and the traditional BlackBerry-style "Nevada" keyboard devices. All of this depends on the company's engineers and developers getting the code and the hardware right in time. 

In a Jam

Other devices mentioned in the roadmap are "Nashville" and "Naples" about which very little is known, but could be second-generation BB10 devices. Expect to see more details from the company at the next Blackberry Jam Event taking place in San Jose, late September.

Despite its poor financial showing, the company continues to push products around the world with the CURVE 9320 model arriving in South Africa on several networks. And, it can still pander to the smart set with the recent unveiling of a Porsche-designed P’9981 smartphone in Canada.

 
 
 
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