Q2 BlackBerry roadmap leaked, reveals the release dates for the BB Dakota, Apollo and Torch 2
Note that it's disputable whether this is RIM's GSM roadmap or T-Mobile's BlackBerry roadmap, but either way it reiterates the rumour that the PlayBook is to arrive in April, and sets release dates for the BlackBerry Dakota, Apollo and Torch 2.
The BlackBerry Dakota - you can see its specs and a pic here - is rumoured to be launched in late May. This phone, which is said to be internally known as R005, and nicknamed "Bold Touch" is expected to offer a 2.8-inch capacitive screen with a resolution of 640 x 480 a 5MP camera and BlackBerry OS 6.1.
Next in this leaked line-up is the BlackBerry Apollo. According to the guys at NB44, its internal codename is R006, while its nickname is "Next-gen Curve". It's shaping as a mid-range offering with a 800MHz Tavor MG-1 processor, 480 x 360 display, 5MP camera and BlackBerry OS 6.1. Its rumoured release date is "by July 2011".
The last phone from this roadmap is the BlackBerry Torch 2. Its internal name seems to be R040, and this phone is expected to pack a 1.2GHz processor, as well as 512MB of RAM and a 5MP camera. The stated release date is sometime at the end of May or early June. Take into account it's "under consideration", but no one seems to be sure what this means - whether it's under consideration by T-Mobile or by RIM.
These devices seem to be "RIM Q2 Portfolio Candidates". As 2011 is expected to be a transition year for the Canadian manufacturer - before it adopts QNX as its main OS - these are the gadgets that have to satisfy the BlackBerry loyalists in the first half of this year.
source: NB44 via BerryReview
1. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
Finally BB, jesus. It took you long enough.
Hopefully Verizon can pull some strings to get the Tourch 2, if not I will be disappointed...
2. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Be nice to know which phone is going to which carrier. But since this is leaked, it is on a graph without dates, and there is nothing official from RIM, it is just handy info for those who are looking at wanting a new Blackberry sometime this year to use as a guide. Since one of these people is my Wife, and I can't upgrade until she does, I am cheering on Blackberry.....
3. Xan-Diesel (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Feb 2010)
We see a lot of road maps where I work and it always amazes me how many devices the "powers that be" opt to skip. Its conceivable BB won't get any of these, Snow!
5. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Xan, don't pee on my wireless parade... I get to pick the carrier, spend whatever I want on the phone I want, do it as soon or wait as long as I want.... All she freaking wants is to stick with her Blackberry!!!
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6. downphoenix (Posts: 2293; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
The playbook's QNX seems like it might just be the best interface for a tablet, its looking HOT. Hopefully its not weighed down like the Blackberry OS and turns out to be a lightweight OS.
And interesting no GSM, that throws T-mo and AT&T out. Sprint has been confirmed to get a 4G model of this, but that may not be the playbook that's coming out in April, or maybe it is. I hope there's a wifi only model, that's the only one Im interested in.
7. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I hope the playbook is a huge hit. The rumor over among the crackberry crowd is that RIM is going to pattern the next OS to the QNX real life applications. So, next year (???) when the 2012 flavor of mobile comes out from Blackberry, it could be dual core, QNX inspired with a much better internet capabilities and OS7 taylored to be a better match to Android, iOS, Windows (whatever number they will be on), and WebOS if it is a hit. I am hoping they do well, I want to see RIM a player for years to come. They have fallen behind, but a lot of the innovations in the mobile industry is due to their success. But if the Playbook doesn't perform well, RIM may not ever regain their footing.