BlackBerry Bold upgrade with BB10 planned for December

January 24th, 2012

Research In Motion are plotting a second BlackBerry 10 smartphone for 2012, it has been revealed, which will feature a similar design to the Bold 9900.

That’s according to a new leaked roadmap obtained by BGR, which reveals that despite claims that RIM would launch just one BB10-powered phone this year, the firm has a second-one planned for a Q4 release. This unnamed-handset, if the roadmap is legit, will boast a QWERTY keypad and a touchscreen display, hinting that the mooted BlackBerry Colt wasn’t scrapped after all.

A third BlackBerry 10 phone is also being tipped for a Q1 2013 launch, which will sport a similar design to the BlackBerry Torch. This could well be the rumoured Milan, although further details are still to be revealed.

It’s not just BB10 phones that RIM’s got hiding up its sleeve. As was previously leaked last week, the Canadian firm is plotting two new cheap Curve-branded handsets: the BlackBerry Curve 9230 and the Curve 9320. The 9230 will reportedly be a cheap EDGE device, while the 9320 will boast HSPA connectivity.

More details on the firm’s next-gen PlayBook has also emerged, confirming it’ll tout a 1.5GHz processor, built-in HSPA+ 42Mbps and integrated NFC tech. This’ll supposedly launch in May or June, although further release details are still to be confirmed.

[Source: BGR]