Many New BlackBerrys this Year
According to RBC analyst Mike Abramsky, six new BlackBerry devices should all roll out before the end of the year. He thinks that the BlackBerry Curve 9300 “Kepler,” the Curve 8910 “Atlas,” the Slider 9800 (rumored to be released as the BlackBerry Torch), the Clamshell 9670, the “Onxy Delta” (a new Bold 9700), and a touch screen Curve codenamed the “Dakota” will all be available in the near future. Combine the news with all the rumors about the BlackBerry tablet and the upcoming release of BlackBerry OS 6.0 and Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) looks like its revamping its entire lineup.
The Curve 9300 is expected go for between $99 and $149, the Curve 8910 for $49 to $149, the “Torch” for $199 to $299, the Clamshell 9670 for $199, the “Onxy Delta” for $199 to $299, and the still very rumored “Dakota” for $199 to $299. RIM has been one busy busy company lately and if even if only three or four of these devices hit the market this year, they could RIM the much needed boost in the American market that they need.
Of course, the BlackBerry Storm 3 (for which Verizon has an exclusive contract with RIM for) still has no formal release date but it too could roll out before the year ends. It will of course be running BlackBerry OS 6.0 as all of the other devices are expected to. As a touch screen phone, it will certainly benefit from OS 6.0 which will include heavy support for touch screens right out of the box and the API calls.
Then again, rumors are already swirling about the BlackBerry Storm 4 that is expected to come out next year. Kind of getting ahead of ourselves aren’t we? It is already being heralded as the “iPhone Killer,” and from I hear, it will have a magnetic compass to show off and an improved GPS chipset and a new version of RIM’s SurePress technology like the Storm 3. The features that all “iPhone Killers” tout are expected, like a 5+ megapixel camera and an accelerometer.
If all of the rumors are true, is it really in RIM’s best interest to release this many phones so closely together? Do they really have time to get all of the bugs worked out of each one of them before they go on sale? Lets keep our fingers crossed.