BlackBerry Working on Curve Succeeding R-Series

While the Z-Series and Q-Series are BlackBerry's offerings to its core market of corporate employees, the company is working on its third smartphone lineup based on the BlackBerry 10 platform, "R-Series." Phones in this lineup succeed the company's Curve smartphone, which appeal to general, chatty consumers, on which the company's BBM software is popularized.

Leaked to the web, one of the first models in the lineup sports a more playful color scheme than the other two BB 10 series, with what appears to be a combination of a 3-inch touchscreen and a physical QWERTY keypad. The R-Series could be significantly less expensive than the other two, and sub-$100 plans from leading carriers, are on the cards.