A roadmap showing various future BlackBerry mobile phones has been shown to the Business Insider, and like similar previous leaks, it gives us a good idea of what RIM’s strategy is for the remainder of 2010. The answer, rather unfortunately, is more of the same. Here is a breakdown of what they have planned for us:
Bold 9800 Slider.
Codenamed Talledega here, but also known as the Torch, we have seen the BlackBerry 9800 Silder several times before, but some further spec details for the future device. The screen will be a capacitive item with a 480×360 resolution and the phone will boast the slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 5 megapixel camera and flash, Wi-Fi, 3G with HSDPA, 4GB of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. Most importantly of all, the Slider will use the new BlackBerry 6 OS. The phone will be exclusive to the US carrier AT&T from August.
9300/9330 Curve 3G.
Codenamed Kepler, this brings 3G to the established Curve phone. It’s expected during Q3 this year, where it will be available as both a GSM 3G and EV-DO 3G model.
Codenamed Atlas, this is a version of the successful Bold model made especially for ‘emerging markets’ and due out in China before the end of the year.
Codenamed Onyx Delta, this is another touchscreen device, but with a QWERTY keyboard, although there is no form-factor pictured. It’s a bit of a mystery this one, as they call it an evolution of the 9700 – a non-touchscreen device – but that has also appeared under the name of the 9700a. The 9900 is scheduled to run BlackBerry 6 and has a non-committal Q3/Q4 release window.
Codenamed Oxford, it’s listed as a Verizon exclusive and will have both an internal and external screen, the former having a 360×480 resolution, a 5 megapixel camera and the BlackBerry 6 OS. As it’s a Verizon phone, it’ll be an EV-DO 3G phone, so perhaps won’t be making it to Europe anytime soon.
A touchscreen and QWERTY-equipped Curve, in the current form factor? That’s what it says the Dakota is! A Q4 release is listed, but the Dakota name has been attached to a canceled project before now, so who knows with this one!
So that’s six new devices potentially launched before the end of the year, but at least three of those are unlikely to be seen outside of the USA. The biggest question raised when reading through the list though, is what about the Storm3?