Last year wasn’t exactly kind to Canadian handset maker BlackBerry as the company was forced to lay off thousands of workers in the wake of continued financial losses as a result of failing to keep pace in the innovative, fast-paced smartphone race.
Things were looking up as 2013 rolled around. BB10 finally launched and since that time, we’ve been greeted with a small handful of brand new, modern BlackBerry smartphones. Even still, there’s a long road ahead – or a “complex transition” – as CEO Thorsten Heins recently put it. It seems that more layoffs are in order to the tune of 250 employees at the company’s core research and development center and new product testing facility.
The layoffs were issued earlier this week and have since been confirmed by BlackBerry. The company said the layoffs were necessary to increase efficiencies and scale the company correctly for new opportunities in mobile computing. BlackBerry said they will be as transparent as possible as those plans evolve.
Regardless of the reason, when a major technology company – regardless of specific industry – makes significant cuts to the R&D team, it’s probably not a good thing. It’s worked thus far as BlackBerry has been able to stay afloat after axing 5,000 jobs last year but eventually, something has to give.
With any luck, BlackBerry’s upcoming devices like the A10 will help the company gain a bit more traction and prevent further layoffs. That handset is expected to land on store shelves in November.
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.
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 Q10 is part of the new "10" family of BlackBerry running it's BB10. The Q10 carries a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of system memory, 8-megapixel camera and 16GB of flash memory. The QWERTY board takes up plenty of real estate which only leaves room for a 3.1-inch AMOLED screen operating at 720 x 720 pixels.
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