RIM Announces Three new Blackberry devices
Seems as if the lockout of new devices out of Waterloo has come to a close, RIM has made some new toys official. RIM is the legendary maker of the Blackberry devices that we all know and love. In recent memory RIM and its beloved Blackberry has well… fallen off as competitors like Apple and Android cannibalize the market they helped create. Blackberries are the worlds most secure and reliable smart phones to ever grace the mobile sector, the only problem? Well there are no new Blackberries to compete with the onslaught of Android variations and the one device magician like iPhone. The last device that RIM launched was the “so close” Blackberry Torch and shortly before that the Blackberry Style. While the Torch may have fared well amongst the devout Blackberry users, it was clear RIM needed an upgrade to compete, that upgrade starts today.
Today RIM has made some new devices official and it’s about damn time! The new Blackberry Bold 9900 and 9300, a new QWERTY sliding Torch 9810 and a new none QWERTY Torch 9850 and 9860 have been made official. While these new Blackberries have been leaked in the past they are now official and in need of a little refresher, lets take a look.
Starting with the device that will most likely be the most consistent and or successful the new Blackberry Bold 9900 and 9930 with a touch screen and full QWERTY. The new Bold series from RIM was technically made official about four months ago and is pitched as being the thinnest Blackberry ever at a mere 10.5 mm. The new Bold touch series will come equipped with NFC technology, Blackberry operating system number 7 and well… that’s about it. Okay maybe not, if you want to take into account its 2.8 inch touch screen with an impressive 640×480 pixel resolution. But that’s not it of course; you can find a 1.2 GHz processor under the hood along with 768MB of RAM and 8 GB of built in storage. Add in a 5 mega pixel shooter and you now have your new Blackberry Bold.
Next on the list of newness is the Torch 9810, or Torch 2 to make it simple. The form factor of the new Torch 9810 is essentially the same as the original. Features of the Torch 2 make it a faster more “fluid” machine with upgrades in all the right places. Under the familiar design is a 1.2 GHz processor that is coupled with 768MB of RAM add in a bit of Blackberry OS 7 and you have a pretty snappy new Torch. The screen is still a 3.2 inch touch screen but has a nice upgrade to a 480×640 pixel resolution. The Torch 2 or 9810 will still bring you the best of touch screen and QWERTY in one unique little package.
Next up is the touch screen device that should have been the Storm 3! RIM has introduced a new variation of the Torch line up with the Torch 9850 and 9860 models. This new device is a QWERTY-less all touch screen Blackberry, but whatever you call it just don’t call it a Storm 3. The Torch 9850 and 9860 sport the same internals as the rest of its graduating class with a 1.2 GHz processor that is accompanied by 768 MB of RAM and Blackberry OS 7. The Torch 9850 and 9860 sport the largest screen to ever be found on a Blackberry smart phone at 3.7 inches and sports a 480 x 800 pixel resolution. You can also expect a 5 mega pixel camera and 8GB of internal storage. And in case you are wondering the difference between the 9850 and 9860 is simply what cellular technology it uses to connect to carriers services.
So there you have it folks. RIM has finally made some new phones and is actually going to release them to the world. When these three new Blackberries become available they will be launched with over 225 carriers across the globe making this launch the largest and far reaching launch in the history of the Blackberry. These new Blackberries will be hitting shelves later this month.
So let us know what you think. I know there are still some dedicated Blackberry users out there still hanging on waiting for the next new device from RIM. Are any of these three new Blackberries for you? While most of us are waiting to see a QNX operating Blackberry, these will do…I guess. Sound off in the comments and let us know what you think of the new Blackberries and what the future holds of RIM.
** I foolishly neglected to mention that the Torch 9810 will be a 4G HSPA+ device when it rolls out later this month to At&t -RIM, BlackBerry, Bold 9930, Blackberry 7, bold 9900