By Stephen Schenck | November 18, 2013 1:16 PM
BlackBerry refuses to die. The company has managed to side-step the once seemingly overwhelming threat of having to sell itself off, is fixing itself up with a new CEO, and despite all the setbacks it’s faced, plans to continue on making smartphones. We just saw the BlackBerry Z30 launch in recent weeks, but what about further down the road – where might BlackBerry hardware go from here? It could be a long while before we see some new BB handsets, but some new rumors attempt to give us a little preview of what to expect.
First up, there’s the so-called Z50, which may be next year’s follow-up to the Z30 (and Z10 before it). As the flagship BlackBerry, it would upgrade from the dual-core SoC present in this year’s models to a quad-core component, though there’s no mention of just what silicon we might be talking about. We could also see BlackBerry push display size and resolution higher on up, moving from the Z30′s five-inch 720p screen to a 5.2-inch 1080p panel.
That model would reportedly launch sometime during the third quarter of 2014. It might be preceded in the second quarter by a new QWERTY model, the Q30. We’d assume that BlackBerry would go for comparable upgrades here – maybe a 1080 x 1080 square display and a quad-core chip of its own – but so far nothing specific has been mentioned.
Maybe more than anything, this rumor has us wondering what BlackBerry intends to do early on in 2014; if we’re waiting six months for new hardware, the company had sure better find something to do in the meantime to help slow the ongoing bleed-off of its user base.