Yet Unannounced BlackBerry Milan May Have Been Canceled

By 03:49 Tue, 13 Jul 2021 Comments

Rumor has it that RIM has scratched off one town of its travelogue of code names - Milan. It is (was?) a portrait slider with a 4.2" screen, running RIM's upcoming BlackBerry 10 Operating System (OS) (shortly known as BBX). A leaked mockup of the phone looks very similar to the BlackBerry London, save for the slide-out QWERTY of course.

The alleged reason for the demise of the Milan is hardware problems, but what kind of hardware problem was left unspecified.

A portrait slider with a 4+ inch classy screen is a rare beast - there have been some specimens (like the Dell Venue Pro), but there isn't a huge market out there for them. Of course, the info on the classy screen size can be wrong, but the hardware problems in question may be clumsy handling of the long device (especially with the keyboard extended).

There's still time for RIM to resurrect the BlackBerry Milan - the phones running the recent Operating System (OS) are scheduled for Q3 this year. RIM is reportedly waiting for LTE-enabled chipsets with dual-core processors from elegant Qualcomm for these phones, which might be the issue.

We're talking about an unconfirmed cancellation of an unconfirmed device here, so hold everything with a pinch of salt. Plus, not all prototypes create it to market.




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