After Z10 and Q10
From what I have been reading, the Z10 and Q10 will be main stream for at least a year or slightly more. It is obvious that BB is working on concepts for future models. There has been some news in the technology publications the new flexible OLED (Organic LED) type displays will be coming in to the consumer market place for consumers. These will allow to have phones with brighter displays, higher resolution, lower power consumption for the display, and faster response. This new generation of phone technology will allow for phones that can be made in any shape the consumer would want.
Most companies will never make public specifics about future products they are working on. They don't want their competitors to jump ahead of them. Knowledge and applicable creative innovations are the key to success in products and marketing. They will not indulge any info until they know they can have their new product out there and on the store shelves first.
I read a comment that the Q10 will be the last mechanical keyboard phone Blackberry will make. After that all the new phones will be with a virtual touch keyboard. I use both a 9900 and a Z10. I found with the 9900 a big part of the screen is lost. From what I saw with the Q10 a big part of the screen is lost. Now that I have been using the Z10, I will never go back to a mechanical keyboard.
I would love to be able to see what mobile phones, computers, appliances, and the cars would be like in the next 30 to 50 years. And, then in the next 100 years. This would be very interesting. Anybody know where I can get a time machine???
There is new touch screen technology being developed that will use a flexible glass panel to be able to be fused to the front surface of the OLED display. We will be able to see OLED displays that can be wrapped around someone's wrist like a watch, or flattened out to be stiff. The display can be stiffened with an electric bias current applied to a substrate layer under the display panel that will allow it to be locked to any programed amount of curve or just flat.
Just a few years ago there has been some success in the research for the development of transparent metals. These are metals that allow light and images to pass through in a very similar manner as glass. I don't think this technology is ready for the markets yet.
The new technology coming will be approaching nano technology. There is a lot of research being done for the development of quantum nano technology. This is a very different way of thinking in the design approach of the components involved. We may be seeing flexible displays coming to the consumer markets within the next two to three years. We will be seeing the more advanced nano quantum technologies coming over the next twenty to thirty years. Some of the researchers are saying we should be seeing the beginning of this within the next ten years.
At this time the smallest substrate layers inside the chip devices can be made to about 1 million atoms thick. The nano technology device substrates will be approaching to less than 10 thousand and even down to 1000 atoms thick. Some researchers are trying to go even smaller. If having 10 thousand atoms thick for the substrate layers and and device components within the chip devices, this will lead to much smaller sized internal device operations. The computing and processing power per unit area could approach thousands of times greater than what we have now. This will make today's computers and phones archaic in comparison to what is to come!
To go down to nano quantum levels is a very difficult task. There are complex materials stability issues to deal with. Quantum mechanics is very complex, and is not yet fully understood. (I hear a lot of people throwing around 'quantum' in conversations, but in reality they have no clue.
With many aspects of the physical properties of materials, we've learned how to make them and use them, but we don't fully understand why they work the way they do. There are only complicated theories. It is very interesting how the theoretical physicists have been able to accurately work out what is going on. Starting in the late 1800's the structure of the atom was starting to be theoretically worked out. It was not until the mid 1960's until the theories were proven accurate.
The physical properties at the atomic level of many types of the materials involved is not fully understood. For an example, the scientists have worked out in very minute detail about how to use, apply, and control magnetic properties down to the nano levels, but nobody has worked out what magnetism really is. They have been very successful working out how to make very small hard disks that can store vasts amounts of data. It is now possible to have chip devices that can replace magnetic hard disks. Gravity is another force that is not fully understood, but its properties can be measured and detected down to the very minute numbers.
Moor's law is certainly true. Some people say its saturation point is close. But, as we keep going we find more. Personally, I believe our progress is only limited by the boundaries of the imagination. We have to find ways to be able to achieve our imagination and ideas within the boundaries of physics. The universe is infinite, and so are the possibilities of what we can achieve.