BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion hopes a series of new smartphones will snap the company out of a serious rut that’s seen it lose serious market share over the past year or more.
The Canada-based company, which has been synonymous with business-related mobile handsets over the years, has only teased us in recent weeks about new devices, all of which are expected to run on BlackBerry 7, the latest update to the company’s smartphone operating system. But a device “roadmap” leaked to Boy Genius – reportedly by a source at Telus – gives BlackBerry fans reasons to get excited. August could be a big month for the device-maker.
Rumours about the Blackberry Bold 9900 have been circulating for some time but now, due to a recent leak from uSwitch.com, UK release dates and prices have been announced to ecstatic BlackBerry fans.
Some time ago we examined the features of the newly designed BlackBerry Bold 9900, but now we can reveal that the phone is expected to be available from as early as August-September of this year and at as little as £30.64 on a contract. The phone will also be available for purchase separately but prices for this are yet to be announced.
Research in motion, the company behind BlackBerrysmartphones, has tweeted a hint that details of new devices supporting the BlackBerry 7 OS will be available later today (27 July 2011).
Likely handsets for release are the 9900/9930, with rumours of the devices floating around the internet since the first reports of them at BlackBerry World in May earlier this year.
The new OS which was also unveiled at BlackBerry World, bring a host of new features including Near Field communication, Voice-enabled searching, and 720p HD video recording.
It’s clear the Apple iPhone 4 remains the benchmark for rival smartphones to reach and this year has seen some heavyweight handsets make the grade. RIM is hoping its new upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9900can join this esteemed crowd but does it have the firepower and that something different to kick the iPhone 4 into touch?
Looking at the specs, the 9900 Bold ranks as the most powerful BlackBerry smartphone yet, sporting a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a five megapixel snapper and NFC voodoo. But let’s see what its got to get one over on Apple’s Jesus phone.
We already know it will be available on Vodafone and Three, but according to a post on USwitch it will be offered free on other major UK carriers. Orange, O2 and Vodafone will be charging £35 a month pay monthly, while T-Mobile will be charging £30.64 a month, although there’s no news on contract length.
With a striking stainless steel body the Blackberry Bold 9900 is the best looking Bold to date and a handset Blackberry fans have been waiting for.
The new BlackBerry smartphone with that comes with a QWERTY keypad, 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen and what RIM call the “Liquid Graphics” is ready for you to pre-order.
Some of the other features include a 1.2GHz single-core System on Chip, Near Field Communications (NFC), Wi-Fi, 5-megapixel camera with flash / autofocus and HD video recording, 768MB RAM, microSD slot and 8GB onboard storage.
HTC Sensation & Samsung Galaxy S II: A Little Late as New iPhone, Nokia N9 and BlackBerry Bold Poised for Release?
Telstra’s new offerings in Australia this month include devices known as the Android superphones: HTC Corp.’s HTC Sensation, dubbed as the ultimate media smartphone, and Samsung’s Galaxy S II, tagged as Australia’s fastest smartphone. With perennial market leaders Nokia, Apple and Research in Motion failing to launch any major offerings this year, devices running on Google’s Android operating system this year. For one, Samsung has sold 3 million units of the Galaxy S II within 55 days of its release.
Without new offerings by the major smartphone makers in the first half of this year, HTC and Samsung’s “superphones” have already made waves in the market.
According to him the BlackBerry 9900 will be launched in about a month. He also went on to say that the Bold 9900 will mark the largest global launching in RIM’s market history. This is enough reason to believe that RIM has gone all in on the Bold 9900. And obviously RIM doesn’t want to leave anything half done with this handset and hence this handset has gone through 491 approval programs and 191 carriers.
RIM’s BlackBerry might be on a sustained losing streak against Android and the iPhone around the world but it is still packing in new users in the UK, research company Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has reported.
In the 12 weeks to 12 June, the company increased its UK smartphone market share to an impressive 22.3 percent, making it second only to Android, which has 45.2 percent, and ahead of the iPhone’s 18.3 percent.
Significantly, 85 percent of new BlackBerry sales came from customers that had previously used conventional phone handsets, with the majority of upgraders being women. This could reflect the BlackBerry’s good reputation as a texting device, a mobile application reckoned to be a particular priority for women.
Well it looks like the BlackBerry Curve 9350 and Torch 9850 are making their way to U.S. Cellular. We know that new BlackBerry products won’t be introduced till the late part of August and that bit of info is further confirmed by the rebate dates on this form, which show a start date of June 15th and end date of November 20th. These are only the dates the rebate form will be valid but that means the Curve 9350 and Torch 9850 will definitely be out within the next few months, hopefully no later than early September.
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