Research in Motion’s (RIM) Blackberry 10 OS has been subject to a number of delays due to technical problems, and is now set to launch in early 2013. The latest whisper that has surfaced about BB10 is that the platform is set to feature on not one, but six devices.
The extensive range is expected to cater to users in the high, middle and entry-level markets and two of the devices have allegedly been ‘seen’ by a techie website, and though code names haven’t been issued for the devices, some have suggested that they are likely to be the previously leaked BlackBerry London and Nevada.
Blackberry 10 Phones: Rumoured specs
Though few details have emerged about these two-phones, one is rumoured to feature a touch screen with a resolution of 1,280×720 pixels (possibly the London), while the other will sport a Qwerty keyboard and a screen resolution of 720×720 pixels (possibly the Nevada).
- image source: Crackberry (above – BB10 London, top – concept art)
Both phones are also said to currently be in the testing phase, and are expected to hit the market with BB10 next year.
Financial analyst Colin Gillis, argues that moving towards touch-screen devices may mean that RIM loses the very feature that has become synonymous with the Blackberry brand.
“The physical keyboard is the most dominant item that separates out Research In Motion from its competitors. If you are not playing to your historical strengths you may find it more difficult to get traction.”
Blackberry 10: Can it reverse RIM’s fortunes?
Figures released earlier this year outlined that over the last twelve months RIM has seen a dramatic 70% fall in its stock prices. Whether the expected BB10 OS , with features including video chat capabilities and screenshare, can help RIM rise through the smartphone ranks remains anyone’s guess.
A leaked Blackberry road map that appeared earlier this year also showed a tablet with the codename Blackforest set for release in the third quarter of 2013.
With six devices, come six chances for market success. Here’s hoping…
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