updated 12:45 pm EST, Thu January 26, 2012
BlackBerry 2012 roadmap exposed in huge detail
An extremely detailed RIM roadmap has leaked to BGR that shows even more than what was shown yesterday. Along with confirming the 1.5GHz, 3G- and NFC-equipped PlayBook refresh, the scoop shows that the BlackBerry Curve 9220 and 9320 will make BlackBerry Messenger a central feature. Both will have a built-in BBM key on the side, making a return to chat a one-button feature.
The two should otherwise be very close to each other. Either Curve will have a 2.44-inch, 320x240 screen, 512MB of RAM with 512MB of internal storage, and an FM radio on top of the usual Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi. The 9220 will be a very frugal design with just EDGE (2G) data and a two-megapixel fixed focus camera, while opting for the 9320 opens up 7.2Mbps HSPA 3G data as well as a 3.2-megapixel enhanced depth of field (but still fixed focus) camera sensor.
The 9220 would bow first with a release as soon as April, while the 9320 could arrive a month later.
RIM's first BlackBerry 10 phone, the London, is marked only as "device" in RIM's roadmap but carries a risk of being moved from late September to October based on the schedule.
Many BlackBerry 7 devices appear to be getting a new media sharing feature in the process. Wireless Media Server, like AirPlay or many DLNA devices, will let a BlackBerry share its movies, music, and photos to devices on the local network.
As a whole, the roadmap points to RIM having an unusually quiet summer that could pose trouble while it waits for BlackBerry 10 to have an impact. Apple could return to summer iPhone releases and may be joined by Android heavyweights like Samsung at the same time.