It’s too early to gauge how successful BB10 will be in turning around the company as the Z10 isn’t even available in all markets yet. A leaked roadmap that recent hit the web showed the company had big plans for the remainder of 2013 and beyond expect there was one big problem: it was all an April Fools' prank.
The Twitter account @BB10Leaks supplied the image you see below which correctly shows the Z10 slated for a Q1 2013 release and the Q10 sometime between Q1 and Q2. What caught the attention of a number of media outlets, however, is what appears to be a tablet called the B10 that’s projected to launch later this fall. Given BlackBerry's lack of success with the PlayBook back in 2011, such a move would be a serious gamble on the brand new platform.
Furthermore, another handset – perhaps even a phablet – was said to be ready at the end of the year or in early 2014 followed by another keyboard-based phone in Q2 2014 known as the R10. In all actuality, a large-screen device would give hardcore tech enthusiasts a serious reason to consider BlackBerry over other Android heavyweights. A device like the R10 could appeal to those that just can’t let the physical keyboard go – we assume there are still many people that fall into this category.
It's too bad the roadmap turned out to be bogus as it would have allowed BlackBerry to position itself to have a solid portfolio by this time next year. Either way, the coming months will be led by the Z10 and the Q10 as BlackBerry continues to try and right the ship.
The BlackBerry Z10 is the latest flagship from BlackBerry, it runs the new BlackBerry 10 OS and packs a 4.2"- 1280 x 768 screen (356 PPI). Inside is a dual core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage expandable through microSD, rear (8MP) and front (2MP) cameras, connectivity options like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is a tablet that runs BBOS featuring a 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. The sides of the PlayBook are coated with a soft-touch rubber that has a quality feel and provides some grip. A 3.5mm headphone jack is present as well, on the bottom of the tablet are three ports: micro-HDMI, micro-USB, and a three pin accessory dock connector.
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