Leaked RIM Roadmap Expands on 2012 BlackBerry Plans


A couple days ago, we brought you news about a leaked RIM roadmap, supposedly outlining the company’s plans for the remainder of the year, including the introduction of the first BlackBerry 10 hardware around September. That gave us a nice, general idea of what to expect, but if you were curious to take a peek at RIM’s plans with a little more detail, a leaked series of slides has now been published that gives a closer glimpse than ever at what are apparently RIM’s intentions for the remainder of 2012.

While we heard about plans for the introduction of two lower-end Curve handsets, the 9230 and 9320, it looks like there might have been a little miscommunication, as this chart shows the phones as the 9220 and 9320, getting here around April or May.

The chart appears to confirm reports of an upgraded PlayBook with cellular data arriving near May. We were wondering about screen size earlier; it looks like this upgrade, at least, will keep the existing seven-inch display.

We’re curious about the new version of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 shown here as codename Knight, set to land around March. We’ve heard Knight used in reference to BlackBerry gear before, and even 9900-series hardware in particular, but we thought that was what ended up being the $2000 Porsche Design BlackBerry that already arrived.

Though it’s not noted as the London here, you can clearly see a full-touch handset running BlackBerry 10 on the schedule for October or November; that’s a little later than the September we heard.

Finally, there’s a whole bunch of software updates planned for the spring, and some new color options arriving over the summer.

Source: BGR

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