One of the things most BlackBerry users have been dying to know is when we will be getting the next generation of BlackBerry device and what they will look like. We were hoping we would hear more about BlackBerry smartphones at CES but that was all about the PlayBook and the tablet scene. On the other hand in an interview with PCMag at CES Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of RIM, went into a little bit of detail on RIM’s “Super Phone” plans. According to Mike RIM is moving to where the market will be in the future not where it is today. As we all assumed the future BlackBerry devices will run RIM’s new QNX OS along with a dual core processor and will look like a shrunken down PlayBook (Hopefully with a physical keyboard).
While I am all for this my big problem is that Mike Lararidis seems to be in no hurry. This part blows my mind. Mike is saying that RIM has a long term plan in the 10 year style and that since current hardware cannot make a super phone like RIM wants they are passing until the hardware catches up. I couldn’t believe what I was reading once I got to that point.
That is the biggest load of horseshit I have ever heard from Mike. No engineer in their right mind would let ALL their flagship phones run a THREE YEAR OLD processor and then say they are in no hurry to upgrade it. Following that same train of though Mike should wait to upgrade his laptop until they have come up with a quantum computer. That is not the way upgrades work. They tend to happen incrementally. Waiting for a revolution without a short term plan can result in suicide.
Personally I find it hard to believe that RIM does not have a new device in the pipeline. Even if it is just to upgrade the current three plus year old processor in the current BlackBerry devices to 800Mhz or even 1Ghz. If they keep on playing this waiting game until there are 1Ghz dual core processors they are going to see a good chunk of their 55 million customers defect.
You really should read the rest of this interview over at PC Mag. I personally have heard conflicting reports from my sources at RIM ranging from a slightly updated processor in an upcoming line of devices to a “wait until QNX” hold the fort approach.
Who knows. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments!