One of the recent details that RIM released was that the first two BlackBerry 10 devices are part of a planned lineup of 6 upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices. We already know that the first will be a full touchscreen device and the second will be a QWERTY model but we don’t know much about the remaining 4. I have been discussing with a few friends that I really hope RIM has a slider model in the mix but signs are not pointing in that direction.
This has me wondering how RIM will be differentiating the six BlackBerry 10 models in the planned lineup. They have already confirmed that they will all have standard screen resolutions so that takes away one of RIM’s common differentiators. They also will all probably be packing things like NFC, GPS, Accelerometer, etc. The only real things I see left to differentiate on are storage capacity, size, and processor speed.
I don’t think that storage capacity is enough of a differentiator to warrant different models but that’s a question mark. CPU’s have to be dual core but possibly they can be slightly faster or slower though there would have to be a minimum baseline for compatibility. The only real solid differentiator I can think of is size with possibly a lineup of lower cost Curve models that eschew higher end aesthetics like stainless steel banding. On the other hand we have already heard from reporters that got a first hand look at the BlackBerry 10 models that the touch model looks like the Dev Alpha or even the iPhone 5 rumored mockups. Also the QWERTY model is supposed to look like the Bold without the silver metal RIM on the 9900.
So lets throw the question out to all of you. How do you think RIM plans on differentiating the BlackBerry 10 lineup?