updated 09:12 pm EDT, Mon July 2, 2012
PlayBook 4G, 10-inch tablet shown
A leaked image of a proposed roadmap appears to show the release windows for Research In Motion's now-delayed BlackBerry 10 devices. The roadmap, acquired by BlackBerryOS.com, shows that the company plans a 4G-enabled version of its PlayBook, and a 10-inch tablet, as well as the company's previously revealed touchscreen and QWERTY handsets. The veracity of the leak is as yet unknown, but it does conform to recent news that devices running the BlackBerry 10 OS would be delayed until next year.
The PlayBook 4G shown on the roadmap, codenamed "Winchester2," appears set for a debut in the fourth quarter of 2012. The London and Nevada-Series handsets are slated for the first quarter of 2013. The 10-inch tablet, codenamed "Blackforest " is set to roll out in the third quarter of 2013. No other information on the devices is shown in the leak.
The forthcoming product line will likely determine the future of the once-dominant smartphone maker. Since announcing the delay of its BlackBerry 10 products, along with a $518 million operating loss, the company has seen its share price drop precipitously as investors have lost faith in its ability to right itself. Manufacturing partners have announced that they will not be manufacturing BlackBerry products, and rumors have swirled that the company could be pressured into making a deal with Microsoft. Despite these indications, RIM's management holds firm that the company will weather this rough period and release its devices next year.