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RIM going private

There are so many rumours surrounding the future of RIM and BlackBerry, the Canadian smartphone maker revealed that a committee has been formed to look for “strategic alternatives” to push BlackBerry 10.

One of the ways forward the company is contemplating is following in the footsteps of giant PC producer Dell and taking the company private.

In February of this year Dell announced that it will go private, assisted by a $2 billion loan from Microsoft. While details about Dell’s decision remained foggy, it is believed that RIM is taking this move so it would be able to iron out its current problems away from the public eyes.

This would potentially ease pressure on staff and perhaps make for better decision making. Other options include selling the company or having licensing partners for BlackBerry 10 OS. This is in my humble opinion the best move they have made in a long time, and a good comeback after relinquishing the only the thing they had left in BBM to Android and iOS.

Another good move could come in the form of the Z30 which was previously known by the rumour mill as the A10. I though RIM would have spent much more time on their new OS 10 and neglect the production of a new hand set for about another year or so, so when “leaked” pics of the new device started popping up I simply dismissed them.

But an early hands on video from Vietnamese outlet Cellphone S has put some truth to rumuors. The video shows what is presumably the BlackBerry Z30 in all its glory, with what is apparently a five-inch AMOLED display with 295 ppi and 720p (1,280 x 720) resolution.

Rumoured specs include a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a rear eight-megapixel camera, a front-facing two-megapixel cam, a 2,800 mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and it’s said to ship with BlackBerry 10.2 as well.

The most interesting thing about the short video is the AT&T logo on the back hinting at an earlier release, this side of the world.

Only time will tell what will become of the once mighty RIM, but alas all great empires must fall, but hopefully not fall to shame.

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