BlackBerry's 2014 flagships: the BB Z50 and Q30?

BlackBerry's 2014 flagships: the BB Z50 and Q30?The Huawei Glory 4 isn't the only upcoming smartphone getting name-checked over on Weibo. There's also the BlackBerry Z50 and Q30, reportedly the second-generation flagship 'Berrys we can look forward to seeing in 2014.

The BlackBerry 10.1-rocking pair will be the first off the production line under new BB CEO John Chen, though it's likely to be several months before either appears.

According to the Weibo whispers we can expect to see the QWERTY-based Q30 first, some time during Q2 of 2014 reportedly. It'll be the direct replacement for the Q10 first announced at the BlackBerry 10 launch back in January – though it only actually went on sale in April, so we're still be looking at a standard 12-month refresh cycle.

It'll be followed in Q3, we're told, by the BlackBerry Z50, which will supposedly come with a 5.2in full HD display and a quad-core processor. It'll replace the current dual-core 720p 5-incher the BlackBerry Z30 (pictured above), which arrived in September.

Considering how much time we've spent in the past couple of years talking about the “third ecosystem” war between Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10, the fact that BB will be hitting the quad-core/1080p era nearly a full year after Microsoft's OS goes some way to illustrating how quickly a gap has opened up between the two.

Yes, of course there are other considerations, but it's hardly something that counts in BlackBerry's favour, is it?

Via Phone Arena

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