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"...Daniel Shen and Steve Shen with DigiTimes reported late yesterday that multiple Taiwanese contract manufacturers are beginning small volume production of Research in Motions (RIMM) BlackBerry based on the new BB10″ software, which is expected to debut on January 30th, citing multiple unnamed industry sources..."
This leads to an interesting questions for me. First of all, when carriers do their testing, do they do it for specific hardware like a processor and RAM configuration or is it more general than that. What I mean is, if RIM is just starting production, can it change the CPU without causing the carriers to say their testing is no longer valid. I know some things like the antenna and related software would be critical and should not be changed but what about CPUs?
Does this mean RIM can throw the latest and greatest quad core processors into the new BB10 phones if they want?
- 11-14-12, 10:47 AM #2
Re: RIM ramps
I don't know how the carrier testing works, but speculated BlackBerry Aristo should get a quadcore processor. Personally I'd prefer lower price with a dualcore CPU instead of paying more for a quadcore that I would rarely use. If the system is clean and well optimized, it doesn't need superpower to run smoothly and I don't think there's currently any game dualcore wouldn't manage.
- 11-14-12, 11:36 AM #4
- 11-14-12, 12:51 PM #6
"Futureproofing" is the last thing most consumers are thinking about. . .how many people can tell you how much RAM in in the iPhone 5? If the OS is optimized to run smoothly on the hardware and there is enough flashy transitions and cool and unique visuals that can be marketed as "new features" then that's all you need to sell the device . . .
- 11-14-12, 01:45 PM #7...manufacturers are beginning “small volume production” of Research in Motion‘s (RIMM) BlackBerry based on the new “BB10″ software...
- 11-14-12, 01:49 PM #8
- 11-14-12, 04:33 PM #9Does this mean RIM can throw the latest and greatest quad core processors into the new BB10 phones if they want?
As for future phones beyond the L & N series, it would depend on when they're launched.
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- 11-14-12, 05:59 PM #11
But I don't see that being a problem based on the hardware in the current Beta/Alpha test units.
Will RIM be able to keep up with the newest Android hardware... NO, but I don't think they could afford to fight that "war", or that it is necessary that the try. Remember that unlike computers that people might keep for five years or more, most smartphones only see a two or three year window of usage. So RIM only has to build to fit within that window.
My point, regarding hardware, is that what is in the dev devices were spece'd and built months ago. They could have waited until just a few weeks ago or so to decide what CPU etc. is going to be in the first run of phones.
- 11-15-12, 04:44 PM #14
The android platform makers have to resort to the spec battle, because that is all they have to differentiate themselves from the other manufacturers. As I see it, the advantage Apple, Microsoft, and Blackberry have is that they are different OS's from Android, and so can stand on their experience, not specs.
- 11-15-12, 08:16 PM #15
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