RIM’s 2013 Roadmap Leaks, Shows Four BlackBerry 10 Handsets

The vendor will also upgrade the PlayBook to BlackBerry 10 next year

Canadian mobile phone maker Research In Motion unveiled last week during the discussion on its first quarter fiscal 2013 earnings that it wouldn’t be able to deliver the first Blackberry 10 smartphones before the end of this calendar year.

The leading handset vendor confirmed the possibility for its first such devices to arrive on shelves only in the first quarter of the calendar year 2013, but it did not offer specific info on the matter.

However, some additional details on the matter are now available, courtesy of a leaked roadmap that emerged over at blackberryos.com.

There is no telling on whether the info is real or not, but it comes in line with what RIM has already announced, and it might actually pan out in the end.

According to the leaked document, the Canadian handset vendor will manage to bring two BlackBerry 10 smartphones on the market in early 2013.

These devices feature the codenames of London and Nevada, and are expected to become available in Europe at first, while being set to reach North America only three or four weeks after.

Also during the first quarter of the next year, or in the next three-month period, RIM should push the BlackBerry 10 OS upgrade to its PlayBook users, the leaked docs unveiled.

Two other BlackBerry 10 smartphones should arrive on shelves in the remaining of the year, namely Nashville in the Q2-Q3 timeframe, and Naples sometime in Q3-Q4.

Also in the third quarter of next year, RIM should bring to the market its 10-inch PlayBook tablet PC codenamed Blackforest.

While missing the initially announced launch window for its BlackBerry 10 smartphones, RIM is said to be on track to launch a 4G-enabled PlayBook flavor in the fourth quarter of the current year.

As mentioned above, we should take these details with a grain of salt for the time being. However, we’ll keep an eye out for additional info on the matter, so stay tuned.


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