There's no getting around the fact that RIM has been going through some very bad times with just about every tech pundit calling for the final stake to be driven through the company. The problem is that, unlike Nokia, the upcoming release of the Blackberry Z10 and its new operating system could see a serious resurgence of the company.
January 30th, 2013, will, without any doubt, be the biggest day in the corporate history of Research In Motion (RIM) as it officially launches the much anticipated next generation Blackberry smartphone to a world expecting them to fail.
There is only one problem with that expectation, especially if some of the thoughts regarding the Blackberry Z10 from the tech blogosphere are any indication. Some tech bloggers, like Jesus Diaz at Gizmodo, are suggesting that RIM might actually have a shot at regaining its position as a real player in the smartphone market; and to such a point that Apple might be in trouble.
While there is not much of a chance that the new smartphone from RIM will make much of a dent in Samsung's growing dominance, it is believed by many that Apple could be facing a troubled future with its iPhone brand because of its perceived stagnation when it comes to both design and the iOS platform. So the thought is, given some of the leaked images of the Z10, that if RIM can deliver a compelling platform along with gorgeous looking hardware the Blackberry could possibly jumpstart the company's fortunes.
Some of the rumored specs for the Z10 are:
- dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 processor
- Quad Band HSPA+/UMTS (850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz)
- GSM/GPRS (850/900/1800MHz)
- LTE Bands 2,4,5,13,17 (700, 850,1700, 1900MHz) radios
- a 4.2” display
- 1280 x 768 resolution
- a pixel density of 356PPI.
Of course we will have to wait until after the 30th to see if any of this holds any water, but if RIM does get the good buzz they are hoping for the smartphone wars may just get a bit more interesting.
image couresty of Ubergizmo