Head to your kitchen and grab the salt shaker. Back in February we let you know that BlackBerry had canned the much rumored Ontario device. In so doing, they moved up the launch schedule for their high-end QWERTY the Windermere.
This post has been updated extensively to better reflect the rollout of this device
Many have asked what the hell 10.2.2 is. This is an interim update for all older devices set to be sort of MR of 10.2.1 which was released at the start of this year. In particular, Vodafone Germany has called for this update to bring added security integration at the OS level with SecueSmart SIM cards. For those unaware SecueSmart is used on a Z10 device for the German chancellor after her iPhone Nokia communications were hacked *whoops.*
But what you’re dying to hear about is the Manitoba. I have remarked about this device several times throughout the year. Especially if you frequent the N4BB Live podcasts. Anyway, the Manitoba is set to be a true Z30 successor. The first ever 64-bit BlackBerry. Our friends over in Germany have tipped us with a bit more information about this device, whether the suggested specs turn out in production hardware remains to be seen:
***Updated Spec Listing:***
5.2 “Full HD display, MSM 8994 CPU 64bit, 4GB RAM, 3000mAh or 3300mAh battery.
The chip MSM 8994 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. It will be released Q4 2014. It is a 64bit Octa-Core 2.5 GHz with an Adreno 430 GPU, this supports display resolutions of up to 2160p and also play video material in 4K UHD resolution. The integrated memory controller can handle LPDDR4 memory with effectively up to 3.2 GHz.
Manitoba will be released in Q3 2015 with OS10.4. Only with the new OS10.4 64-bit support is given.
OS 10.3.2 is to be rolled out in March 2015.
I have heard as well that the device sports a 1920×1080 screen at over 440PPI.
Could this be the first mobile desktop replacement? The specs and OS suggest it will be optimized to offer a true “desktop” replacement with QNX, BlackBerry Blends and large amount of RAM to give the device enough power to compete and multitask like a champ.
One way or another an all touch device has been on the roadmap for some time.
And so the wait continues.
What are you thoughts? Why get a Q30 (Windermere) when you could get a Z50 (Manitoba)?