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!
Cafe, Kopi, Kopina, Americano
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.
10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook
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.
BlackBerry TV / Cyclone
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.
First BlackBerry 10 Phone
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.
Until Next Time
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?