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Welcome to CrackBerry.com's continuously updated guide of rumored BlackBerry device models. This page will be regularly updated as we hear more details about BlackBerry smartphones and devices that may be in development. It often starts with a codename and builds from there, as the device model number, specs and eventually images and physical hardware make their way out onto the interwebs. Keep in mind that not all rumored devices make it all the way through to commercialization and specs and info are bound to change. That means some of the data you may find on this page may change, may not be true or may even be right for a little while and then change! We'll do our best to keep it accurate and current based on the information at hand. If you think you have awesome info that you want to share that will benefit this page, send it to tips @ crackberry.com.
As a longtime BlackBerry addict and gadget lover in general, it's pretty rare (read: never) that I feel envious of another person's tech collection. That said, I just had one of those moments where I felt true envy.
The photo above was just tweeted to me by Barry Lapthorne, who in addition to his trusty BlackBerry Z30 is rock'n ALL of the latest and yet to be released BlackBerry 10 phones (Z3 excluded). He has the just-announced BlackBerry Passport, in white no less; the also-brand-new Porsche Design P'9983; and he even has the yet to be released BlackBerry Classic. I've never seen these four devices lined up like this before, so just had to immediately share the photo with CrackBerry Nation.
I'm drooling. Consider me envious, Barry. Nice collection!Continue Reading →
After many months of rumors and speculation, BlackBerry has now made BlackBerry Blend official along with the BlackBerry Passport. The new app seamlessly brings messaging and content from your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet and with Blend, users can take advantage of the secure BlackBerry network to blend their personal and professional content and conversations together using the screen of their choice.Continue Reading →
With the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry is introducing their new three-row keyboard. While the verdict is still out on how BlackBerry users will feel about it, it's starting to look as though there are already plans to continue with that styling even further. Generally, I don't give patents much weight. BlackBerry files patents all day long and now even have a dedicated business unit handling them. However, when those patents get coupled with device code names, my interest levels in those patents goes up and as pointed out in the CrackBerry forums, we now have new code names and patents.Continue Reading →
Now that the Porsche Design P'9983 is official and the covers have been taken off the device, we're getting some of those glorious high res images coming in. Taking a closer look at the device, you can see the sculpted keys and how they offer up a rather awesome 3D look.
It's a look I personally wouldn't mind seeing on shall we say more consumer affordable devices. Overall, the Porsche Design P'9983 is pretty sharp looking but it's not one that's going to appeal to everyone. Have a look through and let us know what you think.Continue Reading →
Although most of the media have all eyes focused on the upcoming launch of the BlackBerry Passport we musn't forget that we should also see the official unleashing of the latest creation from BlackBerry and Porsche Design - the P'9983. We told you recently that there would be an event in Dubai on September 17th and although we won't be travelling to that one ourselves we do now have an alternative.Continue Reading →
While Porsche Design was busy teasing a new device launch on Twitter, the FCC was busy blowing whatever remained of their cover for the upcoming launch of the Porsche Design P'9983 for those paying attention. The new documents don't exactly reveal much outside of the supported bands for the device but we'll be getting the full details on September 17th when the device is set to be officially unveiled. Until then, you can check out all the previous coverage on our Porsche Design P'9983 topic page and in the CrackBerry Forums.Continue Reading →
With the BlackBerry Passport event all set for September 24th in London, Dubai and Toronto, we were starting to wonder exactly when the Porsche Design P'9983 unveiling would be slotted in. Would it come during the Passport events or would it get an event of its own?Continue Reading →
If you're a regular CrackBerry reader, then BlackBerry's 2014 device roadmap shouldn't come as any surprise. It's entirely comprised of the devices that have either been confirmed or rumored for quite some time now such as the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic, LTE BlackBerry Z3 (Manitoba) and finally, the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 (Khan).
That said though, the internal documents leaked by N4BB still offer up a valuable look at how BlackBerry views the devices and who exactly, they're aiming to sell them to as it's outlined by market segments such as Affordable, Classic, Innovative, and Prestige. You can probably guess which device goes in which section without even really looking at the documents.
As expected, there's some timing outlined here for all the devices on the roadmap and as noted officially the BlackBerry Passport will be launching in Q3 2014 along with the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983, which has yet to be officially announced but has now appeared fully. Given that device has been getting certified over the past few weeks alongside the BlackBerry Passport in certain regions, it would seem BlackBerry is entirely on track with that one. Coming with those devices releases is also BlackBerry OS 10.3, which many are now already running on their device thanks to leaks and some new beta programs.
Once those devices are released, BlackBerry then moves into Q4 2014 and plans to release the BlackBerry Classic along with BlackBerry OS 10.3.1. From there, all previous BlackBerry 10 devices such as the Q5, Q10 and Z10, Z3 and Z30 will also receive their update to BlackBerry OS 10.3.1. Of course, pending carrier certification and such which we all know is the real time consuming process for everyone.
Perhaps the odd thing here is that the LTE BlackBerry Z3 isn't noted for any release on the documents above and it looks as though the BlackBerry 9720 has a life span extended all the way into 2015. I'm not entirely too sure who exactly would be buying a 9720 in 2015 but then again, there's no telling how old these documents are either. We've seen similar documents that go back to May and even some of the imagery here is old, as it still uses the red accents. But everything else looks to be in place and more notably, on track based on all the other info.
And finally, any internal document leak wouldn't be complete without some standard target segment info. A look at whom they expect to sell the devices to. Sure, the wording and images used are a bit funny but it's not far from the truth and BlackBerry is paying attention audience. Something that is going to be crucial to actually selling the devices as they launch them.
Overall, most of the stuff here was rather known before but it's interesting to see it all laid out. Now BlackBerry just has to get all the device out there and into the hands of the people. What do you all think? Are they hitting the right areas? Too many devices? Not enough devices? Sound off in the comments and let us know.Continue Reading →
While the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 makes its way through some certification processes, the latest BlackBerry 10.3 OS has given up just a few more goodies about the device as well. Previously we saw what can only be referred to as placeholder images in the OS but now that the device has progressed a bit more, there's now official renders taking those spots. Of course, it's hard to say how pleasing to the eye the device will be simply based off of what we see here, but the device is apparently moving along so I'm sure we'll see the full monty soon enough.Continue Reading →
With the BlackBerry Passport getting certified across several regions already, another rumored BlackBerry 10 device has started to pop up once again as well and this time it's BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983. Of course, it doesn't say BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 on the documentation, it just simply says BlackBerry P'9983 and carries the model number RHB121LW but we all know that follows the numerical designation for the Porsche Design devices.Continue Reading →
Every now and then when devices end up getting released to the public, we often see early prototype versions end up hitting some weird places online and it seems that tradition has continued on with the BlackBerry Z30. CrackBerry forums member boilerkim has come across such a creature on Craigslist and it certainly doesn't fit the bill of a 'normal' BlackBerry Z30. There's info to suggest that despite the markings, it might not be a Z30 at all.Continue Reading →
Ever since BlackBerry OS 10.3 arrived for developers we've been digging through the files to find bits and bobs of other devices BlackBerry is potentially working on. one of the device we've been tracking is the Porsche Design P'9983 or as it's referred to in the OS, the BlackBerry Khan to go along with the P'9982 otherwise known as King.Continue Reading →
It's starting to look as though a small bevy of unreleased BlackBerry devices has been found. Earlier we saw the entry-level Kopi appear on eBay and now we're getting a really excellent look at what's more commonly referred to as the 'C-Series', Cafe, Americano or even though I hate to refer to it as this, the BlackBerry Z5. The device has been spotted many times now but this is the first time anyone has got up close with the device where the end result is some rather glorious images.
Based on the info posted over at VNExpress, the device has a 4.5-inch display, 1.5 GB of RAM, a 2100 mAh battery along with NFC and is running and incredibly old version of BlackBerry 10.2.1. It's nice to see, however you might not want to fall in love with it. The device was apparently scrapped long ago now and really, the only reason to be looking at is because the images of it are the best we've seen since the device was first rumored.
Personally, I kinda like it and if it had some better specs I'd scoop one up for sure. What do you folks think though? Good that it was scrapped or should BlackBerry consider bringing it back? After all, they could have Foxconn do it up, a deal that wasn't fully in place when the device was supposedly scrapped.Continue Reading →
We've seen the BlackBerry Kopi more than a few times now, but only in some quick & dirty photos. Today a new batch has turned up however that shows off every angle of the unreleased Kopi. We get the best look that we've had thus far and who knows, they may just leave you actually wanting one.Continue Reading →
In taking a look back at all of the BlackBerry leaks that have happened over the years, we started to wonder how many of them were device leaks that never ended up going to market. Many were just prototypes, or never meant for the public eye but somehow managed to make their way out anyway. As it turns out, there's a few of them out there, so have a look through our list of the top 5 BlackBerry leaks that never became a reality!
Kicking off this short list we have the C-Series, otherwise known as Cafe, Kopi, Kopina and Americano (coffee anyone?). After the release of the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 these devices started turning up — first just as code names in the OS, but eventually they reached the point where base images of them were included in later versions.
Based on previous rumors, they were set to come in two different variations, one being a full touch and the other a full QWERTY device. In terms of specs, the devices were suggested to be making use of Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processors with the 8x30 Pro being used in the LTE and HSPA variations, 4.2-Inch or 4.5-inch 720p display, and a 5MP camera.
While it was later noted that these devices were pretty much canceled when BlackBerry made the decision to reduce the number of devices they were planning on producing, it does seem that maybe some of the development on these devices was transitioned to the recently announced BlackBerry Z3. Of course, that's just speculation but there's mounting proof arriving daily.
This mysterious device was first mentioned when the 7-inch PlayBook came out, but then was canceled in early 2011 so that BlackBerry could focus efforts on what they deemed to be more important — like BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Looking back, it seems they always intended on releasing this version as it appeared on many roadmaps under the Black Forest name, but ultimately it was killed off, never to be seen again. It had a SIM Card slot and a big 7250mAh battery but man, it looked weird.
The BlackBerry Bold 9000 was one of the best BlackBerry devices ever, and after it was released it seems like BlackBerry got right to work on the next version. One of the things they came up with was the BlackBerry Magnum. It was essentially a mix of the Bold 9000 and a BlackBerry Storm. It had a SurePress screen that clicked, full QWERTY keyboard, and no trackpad. Needless to say, it was weird and we can see why it was scrapped, but it's still pretty cool to look at.
Although it's not our top leak, it is one of the latest and it's certainly interesting. About three years ago now BlackBerry was rumored to be working a streaming media box much like an Apple TV and while it never really came to fruition as an actual released product, it has now turned up.
As we can tell from the images, it would have connected to your TV through HDMI, have Wi-Fi included, and offer media server support from your device through that as well. Additionally, you would have been able to access YouTube, Slacker and various other services through the box with even mentions of Netflix having been part of the potential offerings.
The 'London' was all the rage for a bit there even before BlackBerry 10 became BlackBerry 10. At the time it was referred to as BBX, before legal disputes caused that to change, and everyone wanted a look at the first BBX phone. The Verge ended up bringing this image into the fold, and while it was a legit BlackBerry image, it was only of a proposed dummy. Eventually, the real first BlackBerry 10 device came out. Much like how people still fantasize about the BlackBerry Blade, we still fantasize about this device and wonder how that PlayBook UI would have played out.
So that's it. Our top five leaks that never ended up being released or becoming official in any way. We're totally positive there are more out there hidden in boxes somewhere but we'll just have to wait and see if any turn up. Goes to show you, even if something does get leaked, that doesn't mean it'll ever actually be released and you should always take leaks with a grain of salt. Out of them all, which ones do you think should have been released? Are there any you're really glad were scrapped?Continue Reading →
While many of us have been focused on the clearly visible things in the BlackBerry 10.3 leak, there are a lot of things in that OS that aren't exactly on the top layer. If you go digging deep into the OS there are quite a few device code names to ponder, there are assets for not only a 1080p device but also a 1440p device, and there are plenty of different specs to refer to.
The problem? The OS is, by software development standards, really old, so everything in it has to be taken with a massive grain of salt. Over the past few months we've seen some weird devices turn up, some devices have been rumored to have been scrapped, and some of them have even been downgraded and renamed. If nothing else, it shows handset development at BlackBerry is still strong.
So what kind of code names and information has been turning up in BlackBerry 10.3? Quite a bit actually. Stuff like Mjölnir, Musket, Dev Alpha X, craziness. And like always, folks in the CrackBerry Forums like Ofutur, Thurask, UrbanGlowCam and many others have been busy discussing it all and here's some of what we're looking at. Again, I can't stress enough that this should all be taken with a grain of salt but it's interesting stuff.Continue Reading →
It's been a few months now since we've seen the BlackBerry Kopi, but today some more images have surfaced with another look at the unreleased device. We still don't know very much about this one, though it's said to have a removable battery and a faster processor than the BlackBerry Q5. Obviously it's got a physical keyboard as well, so it would join the ranks of the Q5 and Q10 should it ever see the light of day.
No word on when or even if the Kopi will ever be released, so for now just speculate at will as to what will happen with this little guy :)Continue Reading →
MWC has kicked off in Barcelona and while we still haven't heard anything about a new BlackBerry device, there are rumors that the BlackBerry Z3 should be getting an official announcement very soon. A new twist has been added to the mix as well however as now The Globe and Mail is reporting that we could also see a new full-QWERTY BlackBerry 10 device added to the lineup.Continue Reading →
As it turns out, the device we saw earlier today may very well be the BlackBerry Windermere. According to BGR, the rumored device isn't yet in production as BlackBerry is currently working with a "large partner". The device would only make it out of the prototype phase if that partner decides to move forward.
The phone itself is much wider than what we've previously seen and features a QWERTY keyboard with just three rows of keys. To access the symbols and numbers, the Windermere uses gestures on the physical keys that would bring up numbers, accents, symbols and other characters — much like the current virtual keyboard of BlackBerry 10.Continue Reading →
Just yesterday we got a first look some renders of the upcoming BlackBerry Z3 "Jakarta" and today some more images popped up giving us an even deeper look. They're still just renders of the device (not actual images) but it does give a good idea of what to expect from the entry-level device.Continue Reading →
Last month BlackBerry announced a huge change in its hardware strategy by implementing a joint venture with FoxConn, the Taiwanese giant of the electronics manufacturing industry. John Chen disclosed that the two companies plan to build their first phone together for the Indonesian market, and it will be built in a new Indonesian factory. Obviously there is no reason such a phone news to be sold only in Indonesia, so I’d expect it to hit multiple markets going forward.
One year ago, cheap smartphones (off contract) were hard to come by in the developed world. And in emerging markets there were plenty of cheap Android phones, but they were mostly coming from brands most of us are unfamiliar with. We tend to know names like BlackBerry, Samsung, Apple, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Nokia. We’re usually a bit more hesitant to buy a phone from an unknown brand.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry CEO John Chen dropped word of the upcoming BlackBerry Jakarta on the earnings call a few weeks ago. Making the device much more than a rumor, the BlackBerry 10 based, Foxconn manufactured device will be a low-cost entry for emerging markets. While we don't know much beyond that, BGR is now reporting one thing that the device will not have -- a physical keyboard.Continue Reading →