Our good friend @Kyle27_ sent in some pictures of the next BlackBerry all touch. Codenamed Manitoba, this midrange all touch has allegedly been renamed several times throughout the course of its development. First, there was a mid-high end all touch dubbed the Ontario, which was subsequently cancelled by Ron Louks. Then, a rumored Manitoba device. Some sources suggest the Manitoba been reclassed as the Rio (time will tell I believe they are two different devices). With Foxconn in the pocket for development this device will be more of a Z10 refresh than a Z3 upgrade, although maintain the form factor and size of the Z3.
These images were pulled from a recently leaked OS and show off images of a slightly altered device with accents from the Z3 and Passport fused into one body. Overall the device is heavier and thicker than the Z3 while offering a much needed spec boost and updated radio.
Now, to say this is the FINAL design would be a bit brash. This device is clearly been on the books for some time. I expect further refinements before it officially lands in market. Hopefully there is still a “high-end” all touch, but much like the Z3 launch BlackBerry is wanting to start off the year with a solid all touch offering within the first two quarters.
Rio, Ontario, Manitoba, whatever it ends of being called, I’m just glad to see they’re still playing around with the all touch form factor. Many users are happy with their Z30s and many users are also itching for the next big device from BlackBerry. This may not be that device, but it does show that BlackBerry is focused on creating powerful – yet affordable handsets to meet their customers where they feel most comfortable.
Z3 or Manitoba, which device would you prefer?