Newest RIM BlackBerry Roadmap Leaked, BB10 Devices Delayed
Earlier last December, RIM took a US$485 million pretax writedown on the value of its Playbook inventory and followed up with a subsequent US$267 million writedown on its Blackberry inventory. It is estimated that the total value of the company's inventory stands at US$1.03 billion, up from $618 million just a year ago. To add on, troubling signs of a meltdown, including the allegations of dismissing about 12% of its entire workforce, point to the company's considerations in splitting its handset and messaging network into two separate companies and selling off the remaining Blackberry hardware business. Perhaps, these reasons shed some light on why the BlackBerry 10 OS devices have been repeatedly delayed.
As it stands, we are looking at an early 2013 release for BlackBerry 10 devices, according to the most recent leaked roadmap:
- 4G PlayBook - Q4, 2012
- BlackBerry "London" & "Nevada" Smartphones - Q1, 2013
- BlackBerry 10 Upgrade for PlayBook - Q1/Q2, 2013
- Unknown BlackBerry device codenamed "Nashville" - Q2/Q3, 2013
- 10-Inch BlackBerry "Blackforest" PlayBook/Tablet - Q3, 2013
- Unknown BlackBerry device codenamed "Naples" - Q3/Q4, 2013
As with earlier rumors, the London and Nevada have been shown to hit markets during Q1 2013. In addition,Nashville and Naples are referenced with no mockups while a tablet device codenamed Blackforest will be ushered in for a Q3 2013 timeframe. Hopefully this time, RIM will stick to their guns and release the BlackBerry 10 devices on time before it's too late.
Source: CrackBerry via TechnoBuffalo