BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) is set on releasing four new phones in 2014. The company’s Passport is already one of the most talked about phones this year, and the Classic is likely to do exactly what it says on the tin, but the other two models have been kept in the shadows a little more than fans of the company would like. If they’re going to splash out on a BlackBerry Passport, they should at least know the alternatives.
Thankfully N4BB.com managed to get its hands on the specs for the two secret BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) models.The two phones are codenamed “Khan” and “Manitoba” and will apparently be released toward the end of 2014, after the Passport has made its impact on the enterprise device world.
Blackberry Khan, Manitoba specs
According to this morning’s leak the “Manitoba” is going to be a variant of the company’s outstanding Z30 model with LTE capability. Almost everything else at the core of the phone is going to stay the same. The device will apparently be shaped more like the Z3. It’s full specs include a 5 inch screen, 2GB of RAM and 1.7 GHz dual core CPU.
The device shows that Blackberry isn’t going to try to challenge companies like Samsung by releasing a smartphone with monstrous specs, but that shouldn’t be a worry. The Khan codenamed phone is high-end enough for anyone, though in a different way entirely.
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) is getting back in business with Porsche according to today’s leak. The Khan is going to be a carbon and steel affair that will sell for something in the region of $2,000. The phone will have a full keyboard and a 3.5 inch screen along with 3GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard memory and Porshce branding. This phone is certainly for the executives, or a crafty IT manager.
Blackberry marches on despite negativity
There may not be anything life-changing in the specs of the two secret Blackberry phones, but both of the devices will have their audiences. Combined with the power of the company’s Passport and Classic, companies looking to be fully serviced by Blackberry will have the needs of their employees served. Unfortunately for the company, the market doesn’t seem to think that’s quite enough.
The recent announcement of a partnership between Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and IBM put a serious dent in BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) stock, and appears to have put an end to an optimistic run for the company. Before that announcement the company had gained something like 50% since the start of 2014. Shares appear to be stagnating now as investors wait for the company to do something.
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) has enough time and energy to prove itself, but this may be the last chance the company ever gets. If the Passport and the company’s mobile solutions for enterprise don’t make an impression in the next twelve months or so expect talk of a break up fire sale to get back onto the table.