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BlackBerry 2013 roadmap leaks, shows off BB10 lineup

BB10 may have been delayed until the turn of the year, but now we have a clearer picture of what consumers can expect from the Canadian company, as a leaked roadmap has emerged with an interesting list of current BlackBerrys and forthcoming BB10 devices.

Recent developments have pushed the OS’s launch date back into the first quarter of 2013 and with it, two devices we’d recently caught wind of, the L-Series and N-Series.

Yesterday evening, an anonymous source sent a still, supposedly showcasing the latest iteration of RIM’s device roadmap. Not unlike the pre-BB10 announcement roadmap which appeared at the start of the year, this new plan shows a greater focus on the devices we can expect from the company throughout 2013 all of which involve BB10 in some way.

BB10 2013 roadmap

The LTE 4G variant of RIM’s PlayBook tablet is expected to touchdown at the end of this year, with their step up to BB10 along with all other PlayBook models taking place at the end of Q1 to the start of Q2. 

RIM is said to be creating a staggered release for the first two BB10 devices, with Europe receiving both L and N Series devices three to four weeks ahead of the the US, which is thought to be based on the European market’s more accepting nature of BlackBerry devices and less attention on the negative image they currently bear.

The newest devices to appear, dubbed ‘Nashville’, ‘Blackforest [128]’ and ‘Naples’ will arrive in the latter half of 2013. The Blackforest in particular is expected to be RIM’s 10-inch PlayBook successor, with the extension of ‘128’ possibly alluding to a 128GB capacity option. The other two devices are relatively unknown, however the fact that their code names both start with ‘N’ suggests that are to be part of the company’s new N-series, joining the Nevada in the classic portrait QWERTY BlackBerry form factor.

We’ll keep you updated with more news about BlackBerry when we get it.


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