BlackBerry ‘Rio’ the Next High-end All-touch

Earlier in the year, I postulated that BlackBerry would likely not focus on a high-end all-touch device. The assessment was heavily scrutinized. A Z30 successor was increasingly anticipated by many...
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Earlier in the year, I postulated that BlackBerry would likely not focus on a high-end all-touch device. The assessment was heavily scrutinized. A Z30 successor was increasingly anticipated by many customers in the beginning of the year.

The revealed 2014 global roadmap later corroborated the assessment, solidifying the notion customers seeking a new high-end all-touch BlackBerry would unfortunately have to continue their wait indefinitely.

However, today, I am happy to exclusively reveal BlackBerry is in fact working on a new high-end all-touch codenamed “Rio.” You may have seen me tease it over Twitter or in our latest N4BB Live webcast as the “Jesus phone” given it’s codename (think: Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Is the Rio an evolution of the once rumored “Ontario” device many have dubbed the Z50? Perhaps.

Details, specs, or otherwise any other specifics surrounding the “Savior” slate device are slim at this time. In fact, the Rio project is essentially in it’s infancy stage. Although, hopefully it comes to fruition by 2015 and does not meet the same fate as the “Manitoba” Z3 LTE (which has pretty much been canceled).

Nevertheless, keep your fingers crossed that the BlackBerry Rio sees the light of day. Let us know in the comments what level of design you’d like to see BlackBerry encompass with the Rio. If I had to guess, I’d say BlackBerry may continue the steel frame likeness we’ve seen on the Passport and upcoming Classic.

*UPDATE* – Watch our N4BB Live webcast where we give more details surrounding the Rio here.

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30 Comments On "BlackBerry ‘Rio’ the Next High-end All-touch"

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pacman84
pacman84
1 year 6 months ago

Exciting news! Just like you, I hope the wait won’t be too long. Also, I hope this rumor is true at all.
Design-wise I feel like BlackBerry realls needs to start to find their own identity. The phones they released since the Z10 have all been looking great yet so different that they don’t stick out as “typically BlackBerry”.
-pac

isa.gms192
isa.gms192
1 year 6 months ago

No, actually im a Z30 user and its design is terrible.. for example if a smartphone is all black, the screen must be ips and lcd. Also the bottom line is so unnecessary. I was gonna buy Z10 just for its design. Z10’s great. But 30’s not.

NRB
NRB
1 year 6 months ago

Super news. Happy happy 🙂

potatoguy
potatoguy
1 year 6 months ago

looking forward to it!

vinodsrinivas
vinodsrinivas
1 year 6 months ago
at last ! m dying for an all touch blackberry device. after i watched the reviews of 10.3.1 i think m wasting my time not owning a BB 10 device.( i had Z30 ). now i am relieved that my patience will pay at last. believe me guys. i have owned at least 20 devices from the past 4 years. i have had htc, samsung, sony, some chinese brands on android platform and nokia lumia 720, 830 on windows platform. i am glad to say that BB 10 is the best user friendly OS for both productivity and entertainment. (… Read more »
AlienSpot
AlienSpot
1 year 6 months ago

At last, I am waiting for z50 for a long time. I heard Z10 now. Hopefully it’s coming soon maybe Feb 🙂 2 years after the Z10?

anthonyroberts
anthonyroberts
1 year 6 months ago

I honestly don’t like you right now…..LOL. I am going to be stuck between this and the hybrid touch and keyboard phone as well….hmm…….

Kevmobile
Kevmobile
1 year 6 months ago

I really like the design of my Z30. Keeping it’s styling cues would be fine with me. I’m not a big fan of the sharp-cornered Z3, but very much like the Passport and Classic designs. I hope they. please keep the separate HDMI connection for the new phone. I don’t want to have to purchase yet another adapter.

Allsports
Allsports
1 year 6 months ago

I’ve said before that just upgrading the z30 with up to date specs would have served BlackBerry just fine as the phone came out during the BlackBerry for sale debacle and the phone just got lost under that.

Hope they do come out with a new all touch in 2015 as there are more touch users than keyboard ones nowadays.

vince liew
vince liew
1 year 6 months ago

looking forward to it.. owning a z10 now and happy about it, durable and it’s something different from other phones.. amazed at the passport too… really radical, hope rio is something like it..

robluck82
robluck82
1 year 6 months ago

Woohoo! Bring it on, BlackBerry! 2015 is the year of the Rio!

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