The delay of BlackBerry 10s launch into 2013 has disappointed RIM’s fans but RIM has still left us out in the dark when it comes to how the rollout will look in 2013. Joe over at BBOS scored from an anonymous source what appears to be the BlackBerry 10 rollout roadmap for 2013. It more or less jives with what we have heard so far and the details RIM has provided and does not contradict with any other sources. The roadmap details:
- 4G BlackBerry PlayBook – Q4, 2012
- BlackBerry 10 London/Nevada – Q1, 2013 – Europe launch before N. America
- BlackBerry 10 Upgrade for PlayBook – Q1/Q2, 2013
- BlackBerry device codenamed “Nashville” – Q2/Q3, 2013
- BlackBerry 10 inch PlayBook “Blackforest” – Q3, 2013
- BlackBerry device codenamed “Naples” – Q3/Q4, 2013
According to this source the launch of BlackBerry 10 is set for Europe in the first week of January with North America to follow in the first week of February. They say this is because European markets and media outlets have been more receptive to RIM and BlackBerry 10 than the North American market. That would not be a first for RIM especially with carriers always extending testing periods in the US which has lead to launches in Canada and internationally before the US.
As RIM mentioned before the PlayBook will be getting BlackBerry 10 in the same first quarter of 2013. Along with that is mention of what seems to be the 10” BlackBerry PlayBook codenamed Blackforest which was rumored to be cancelled previously. There are also hints that Blackforest will have a 128GB model.
Last but not least the two names for the codenamed Nashville and Naples devices also seem to be tracking between Q2 and Q4 of 2013 though we are not quite sure what they are. Joe speculates that because they start with “N” they will be keyboarded N-Series devices. All in all pretty exciting but expected news. The thing that really relieves me is that this rumor is pointing to the beginning of 2013 instead of the last day in Q3 2013. Let us know what you think!