Research In Motion has a new CEO but you can be pretty sure that its 2012 roadmap will remain the same unless something dramatic happens. Well, the spies over at BGR have got their hands on what the BlackBerry maker will reportedly release over the next 15 months and I’d be lying if I said it’s super exciting.
First off, we should look forward to two new BlackBerry Curve devices: the Curve 9230 and the Curve 9320. The 9320 will have EDGE and the other will be an HSPA smartphone in the familiar Curve form factor that some of you love out there.
We’re all anxiously waiting to see BlackBerry 10 on some RIM smartphones and the leak suggests that we’ll see the BlackBerry London in the third quarter. This device appears to be a touch-only smartphone with a sleek new form factor for RIM.
BGR also says that we’ll receive another BlackBerry Bold with the operating system in the December time frame and I am actually looking forward to that. If you gave me a BlackBerry Bold 9900 with a modern smartphone OS, I’d give it a real shot at competing. The leak suggests we could also see a QWERTY slider in the mold of the BlackBerry Torch in the first quarter of 2013.
The leak indicates that we’ll also have a new BlackBerry PlayBook this year and it could have a boosted processor, NFC and HSPA+ built in. This isn’t too crazy, as new CEO Thorsten Heins previously said we can expect multiple new PlayBook models this year.
So, if these are correct, what do you think about RIM’s plans for 2012? Before you start to pile on Heins for not shaking things up enough, it’s important to remember that these product roadmaps are in place for a long time, so his real impact may not be felt until 2013 at the earliest.