Heins ‘very excited’ about new BB10 flagship, possibly here before Christmas

Heins ‘very excited’ about new BB10 flagship, possibly here before ChristmasIf you’re thinking of taking the plunge and embracing BlackBerry 10 via the Z10 or Q10 (the latter priced at £530, ahem), it might be worth holding off for a bunch of months.

See, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is already talking about a new BlackBerry 10 flagship, one that might be here before the end of the year.

Speaking to CNET, Heins promises three to four BlackBerry 10 smartphones in 2013. We’ve already met the aforementioned BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, and there’s a mid-tier handset expected later this year. That makes three (er, obviously).

The fourth has Heins giggling like a schoolgirl, though he can’t be sure it’ll actually be ready in time for Santa.

“There's one new product I'm really excited about, but I can't really share it," teased Heins. "It takes BlackBerry 10 to another level in terms of the user experience."

Of course, we know to expect a 4.2in device if it’s all-touch, or 3.1in if it rocks a full physical QWERTY. BlackBerry is aiming for consistency across its devices.

A few days ago, it was suggested that BlackBerry 10 wasn’t secure enough for the UK government (a claim that turned out to be rubbish), while the BB10 Whatsapp app arrived right on cue.

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mightyforest  Mar. 22, 2013 at 18:28

too little too late?

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 18:39

too little too late? what, again?

mightyforest  Mar. 22, 2013 at 18:43

think by then the likes of sg4,htc one,sony z will be well established, apple will of announced io7 and the 5s, motola will have the X out,samsung will have the note 3, nokia will have the ultimate camera phone in the EOS. Blackberry may of just be out the equation by then

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 18:57

Yeah. Camera will be on 2010 standard, etc etc and it'll cost £700

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 18:59

Hey - he says "device"! He means the new Playbook. Although he's denied it before, some other BB dude mentioned it a couple of days ago.

mightyforest  Mar. 22, 2013 at 19:23

dear god did they not learn

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 19:59

mightyforest  Mar. 22, 2013 at 20:16

mmmm if it is to run BB10 then id be interested to see how sales of bb10 are currently doing taking off the million sold to the dodgy guy

deathtrap3000  Mar. 22, 2013 at 20:57

heins means beanz

rash  Mar. 22, 2013 at 22:21

I see people commenting on blackberry without actually using the device.

I expect at this rate the major apps will be present on the blackberry 10 devices - even if they are android ports (only the skype GUI will be an android port rest will be native- you cant implement video encoding/decoding in the davik vm thats just crazy!)

Those of you sick with the utter crappy android lag when the device is not even doing anything (like me) will like the BB10 OS. Utterly smooth OS.

Some people may have wrote BB off, but I knew since I saw the amount of developer effort they are putting into this and used the BB10 developer device, this is not going to fail.

The BB10 native software stack is basically the same as what Nokia was using before they switched to WP (i.e. Qt + QML).

Seriously grab a blackberry and try to play a full HD 1080p FLASH youtube video, try the same thing on Android, android just lags (flash maybe dead - but it's not yet!)

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 22:41

rash,
I'm an ex-BB user and I currently use an N9. I am not an Android fan.
If the Bold 9900 had a half decent camera (for its high-end price), I'd still have it.

Anyhoo... BB has a problem: the market is cramped. And there is no shortage of flopped tablets. Why divert resources to that arena?
Instead they could focus on the Q10?!

Pricing is also a big problem, as are the now customary delays.

None of that has anything to do with the merits of BB10.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 24, 2013 at 09:53

PS, if he isn't talking about a tablet - how daft is he to hint at a better flagship when the 2 current 2 haven't launched properly in most markets?

ryangiggs  Mar. 25, 2013 at 09:49

Agree with Jan St, pricing IS a big problem!!!

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