I am trying to remember the last time that there really weren’t any rumors about the “next” BlackBerry that would be coming out. There is no question that all the talk at Research in Motion these days is about the BlackBerry PlayBook and QNX, but, I would like to know what RIM has in store for the next BlackBerry.
The BlackBerry that I currently use, really as a secondary device these days, is the BlackBerry Storm 9530. My Storm is well over two years old and my two, unappealing, choices for upgrade are the Storm2 9550 which is over a year old and cannot be upgraded to BlackBerry 6, and, the 6 month old BlackBerry Bold 9650 which you will be able to upgrade to BlackBerry 6 any day now.
Usually during this time of year there would be a lot of buzz about the new BlackBerry devices that just came out and even more about the devices rumored to be coming out next year. Unfortunately, the “new” BlackBerry devices that just came out are refreshes of BlackBerry Bold, Curve, and Pearl, devices that came out years ago, and a weird looking clamshell that I have yet to see in the wild outside of stores that sell them. The rumor mill is completely closed down. We aren’t even hearing rumors about a CDMA variant of the BlackBerry Torch.
I know that RIM is focusing on the BlackBerry PlayBook right now, but, what do they have in store for us when it comes to BlackBerry devices? Inquiring minds would like to know…