Sprint Announces the BlackBerry Style 9670 for October 31 Release

The BlackBerry Style 9670 has been a long time coming but Sprint has finally made it official. Codenamed the ‘Oxford’, the Style 9670 will go on sale October 31st for a mere $99.99 with two-year contract and mail-in rebate. It will also be only the second smartphone launched by Research In Motion (RIM) with the new BlackBerry OS 6.

Since the Torch 9800 is only available on AT&T’s network at the moment, this is the only CDMA BlackBerry to have BB OS 6. Neither Sprint or Verizon Wireless have updated their current BlackBerry models to the new operating system yet, leading to speculation that BB OS 6 is simply too resource hungry to run on old models.

Here is a quick run through the specs for the Style 9670:

  • Dimensions: (LxWxD) 96mm x 60mm x 18.5mm when closed, 175.5mm x 60mm x 18.5mm when open
  • Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • Screen: 360 x 480 internal, 240 x 320 external
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Storage: 8 GB microSD included, support for up to 32 GB cards
  • Camera: 5 megapixel with flash, can record 640 x 480 video
  • OS: BlackBerry OS 6
  • Connectivity: A-GPS, b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Colors: Steel Gray and Royal Purple

(While it has not been confirmed yet, expect the same 624 MHz Marvell processor that powers the Torch 9800 and Bold 9700 to make an appearance inside.)

The obligatory Style video:

 

Sprint finally has a BB OS 6 powered BlackBerry on its network. This is also starting to look like a Sprint exclusive at least for now. Would Verizon—the other CDMA network in the US—want this? Not so sure. The problem with the Style is, well, its style. Flip phones have not been considered cool for quite a while now. Think years.

RIM excited us all with the announcement of its BlackBerry PlayBook. Two new Storm models are coming; one this year and one early next year. So why the Style? Every Windows Phone 7 (WP7) smartphone launching can do 720p HD video recording. The iPhone 4 can do 720p video recording. Every other smartphone manufacturer is realizing that 720p HD video recording is the new norm. Why is RIM sticking an outdated camera inside of this? I know this only has a $99 price tag after rebates but still, this is only going to keep marginalizing RIM and keep promoting the idea that RIM makes smartphones with inferior hardware to other manufacturers. Unfortunately, RIM has done nothing so far to prove anyone wrong.

I admit, I hate the way the Style looks but if you are in the market for a new smartphone and don’t mind the look, take a peak. BB OS 6 is a definite improvement over version 5 and if you are on Sprint right now, it might be worth taking a look at. Let me know what you think of it. Yay or nay?

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