BlackBerry launched the long-awaited BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system along with the all-touch BB10-powered BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 in January 2013. A leaked roadmap from BlackBerry indicates that the company will not finish the year with only BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10, but also has a tablet and a phablet in the pipeline.
A leaked picture of BlackBerry's roadmap has popped up on Twitter which indicates that the company will launch atleast three more devices in 2013 including a tablet, a phablet and what looks like a full QWERTY keyboard smartphone.
The leaked image shows the BlackBerry Z10 followed by the QWERTY smartphone Q10 which will soon makes its appearance. Furthermore, devices named B10 L, U10 and R10 are appearing on the leaked roadmap.
The B10 looks like a landscape device or possibly even a tablet. BlackBerry already has a few tablets in the market but it seems that the company wants to enter the tablet space along with a brand new tablet running BB10.
The U10 looks more like a phablet than an average-sized smartphone, or a small tablet. Rumors of BlackBerry working on a 4.65-inch smartphone called Aristo have been surfacing for a while. However, many market observers believe that the 4.65-inch smartphone will give way to a bigger 5-inch phablet, possibly the U10.
Lastly, the leaked roadmap shows a Curve-like device, possibly on the mid-range price spectrum as we've already heard plenty about the 'R-Series' devices in the past. The device will have a QWERTY keyboard.
BlackBerry has faced a lot of issues in the last decade and is banking on the success of BB10 and its devices. The company will face hardships in the smartphone and tablet market as many customers have switched their loyalty to other brands. However, it seems that the customer loyalty is coming back and the company may grab a part of its lost share in the industry.
If the leaked roadmap is to be believed, then BlackBerry fans have a lot more devices heading their way in 2013 and the company will hope that the devices attract more customers.