It’s incredible to think that BlackBerry (formerly RIM) has announced just two new handsets in the past Heins-knows-how-long, but the Canadians are still hangin’ on in there. For now.
A leaked roadmap effectively brings together a handful of BlackBerry 10 rumour threads, tying them together in a convenient (ahem) roadmap.
Said roadmap appears on a spanking new twitter account with no previous posts, so you’ll forgive us for taking this with a pinch of salt.
We have the all-touch BlackBerry Z10 appearing in Q1, and the QWERTY BlackBerry Q10 straddling Q1/Q2. That much we knew already.
There’s also a BlackBerry B10 tablet, which was kinda sorta ruled out last month, though we wouldn’t be surprised to see it pop up in Q3/Q4 as proposed by the BlackBerry 10 roadmap.
Next up there’s the BlackBerry U10, which appears to be an all-touch phablet-style device, dwarfing the Z10 and Q10. It’s tipped for Q4 2013/Q1 2014.
Finally, there’s the BlackBerry R10 in Q2 2014 (still at least a year to go then), which appears to be the same size as the BlackBerry U10, ‘cept with a QWERTY keyboard below the display. A QWERTY phablet? Interesting.
However, we might be reading too much into the size of the devices (the R10 in particular could be the rumoured mid-range Curve-style effort), and the roadmap itself might be utter mince. Who knows?
Well, Thorsten Heins for one. He recently teased: “There's one new product I'm really excited about, but I can't really share it. It takes BlackBerry 10 to another level in terms of the user experience." Bring it on, big man.