New PlayBook tablets coming from RIM

We had a couple of launches from RIM at the recent CES, namely BlackBerry OS 2.0 and BlackBerry OS 7.1. But no hardware. That looks to be coming along later in the year, according to a leaked roadmap.

The N4BB site got hold of the plans for 2012, with one or two surprises lurking within them. For a start, the PlayBook is far from dead, with RIM following that OS upgrade (said to be arriving in late February) with two new models. A seven-inch PlayBook is said to be arriving in April 2012 and also claimed to be 3G+. That will be followed by a 10-inch PlayBook in December 2012, which will be LTE-enabled. Not that the fast connectivity will be here by then. Mind you, if the UK launch is delayed long enough, who knows?

On top of that, the first BlackBerry 10 phone will finally arrive in September, which ties in with the sounds being made by RIM at the back end of last year. That's likely to be the strangely-named BlackBerry Surfboard (formerly the BlackBerry London), said to include a 1.5GHz TI OMAP dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera and a two-megapixel front-facing camera.

Finally, two new Curve models will be launching for 'emerging markets', which is unlikely to include us UK-based folk. Not the busiest year (so far) for RIM, but with devices launching that will be very significant to the company's long-term wellbeing. As soon as we hear more detail (or see more leaks), we'll let you know.

Source: N4BB

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