What’s next for BlackBerry? It’s a question that many have (obsessively) asked of late, especially after the Canadian company’s last two financial reports, culminating with a $1 billion monetary loss and the slashing of close to 5,000 jobs.

BlackBerry C Series BlackBerry refuses to go down quietly, has another mid range phone in the pipeline

But nobody has the answer just yet. They could simply sell the entire business… if a naïve savior buyer were to surface riding on a white horse. Or they could fully focus on their enterprise branch going forward. Or on software products for everyone.

Against all odds (and logic) though, BB is stubbornly pursuing the smartphone race, although it clearly isn’t doing it as aggressively as it planned when rolling out the first devices based on the BlackBerry 10 OS.

The Z30, Thorsten Heins’ biggest, baddest and hottest gadget ever yet a seemingly lightweight compared with Android’s top dogs, will reportedly see daylight all across the globe over the next few weeks.

And, believe it or not, that’s not all for BlackBerry this year. A mysterious “C-Series” smartphone has surfaced on the web mere hours ago, looking pretty much like a shrunken Z30. There will be no physical QWERTY keyboard on this thing either, although in a baffling twist BB is believed to be hard at work on such a model too, also to be released in 2013.

But let’s just focus on this C dude for now. Thought to be one and the same as the Z5 that made the headlines back in June, it will apparently come with a 4.2-inch 720p screen in tow, plus a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 5 MP rear-facing camera.

That’s brilliant! How come no one thought of that? After all, the ultimate saving grace for any financially struggling OEM is the rolling out of moar modestly specced products. It’s not? Well, it is if BlackBerry prices the C-Series in line with the Q5, meaning at an unbelievably low $450 outright. That was all sarcasm, by the by.

Source: BB IN