RIM Rumours: Can We Expect a PlayBook with a Slider Keyboard Next Year?

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Step aside, iPad 3! Research In Motion is pumping the rumour mill now.

With a new CEO, Thorsten Heins, at the helm, everyone is curious as to RIM's next move. BGR, for one, has been "gathering info" on the company's year-long roadmap and has revealed their findings. 

According to them, RIM will announce two new BlackBerry Curves—the 9230 and the 9320—within the "next few months." Hopefully BGR is wrong on the naming front, because two Curve devices with switched-around numbers would be horribly confusing to consumers. It's already bad enough.

BGR also says that RIM will introduce a next-gen PlayBook with 4G compatibility, NFC support, and an improved processor. Meanwhile, the fabled London BlackBerry, RIM's first alleged BlackBerry 10 smartphone, is "still on track" for a September launch. After that, in December, BGR believes that a second BBX smartphone—a Bold—will be released.

And last but certainly not least, the latest rumour is that RIM will launch a PlayBook with a… wait for it… sliding keyboard. How much closer to an ultrabook can we get?

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BlackBerry
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http://www.blackberry.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only did we introduce a... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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