Not satisfied with all of the BlackBerry OS 7 devices that RIM just rolled out? Well, then you’ll probably be delighted with the newly leaked BlackBerry Curve 9380 which has been caught in the wild for the first time. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the phone that we saw labeled ‘BlackBerry Curve Touch’ in that enormous RIM roadmap leak awhile back.
The photos, which were posted over on the CrackBerry forums, show the Curve 9380 in all of its glory. Sadly, the poster neglected to give us any details about the device but we can take a few thing away. First, it obviously doesn’t have a physical keyboard. It’s all-touch people. It also has a camera of unknown quality that will be taking advantage of a flash.
RIM is a Canadian company so it was no surprise that Canadian carriers Bell, Telus and Rogers were the first to get RIM’s latest and greatest BlackBerry device, theBlackBerry Bold 9900. However, we know that the latest Bold won’t just be limited to the Canadian borders and will be launching worldwide over the course of the next few months.
And today, it has reached the shores of the United Kingdom as Vodafone has announced that it is now available on its network even after it’s pre-order page stated that it wouldn’t be available until August 16th. Four days early is nice in the world of smartphones, believe me.
With the constant drip-drip of Android, Windows Phone 7 and iPhone news inflicting a kind of Chinese water torture on poor old Blackberry, the Canadian giant finally cracked and announced three new smartphones at its ‘biggest ever’ event last week.
The Bold 9900 (its premium QWERTY messenger), Torch 9850 (touchscreen-only successor to the Storm) and Torch 9810 (follow-up to the original Torch, with a slide-out QWERTY) all run Blackberry’s new OS 7 and will be available in the next month. But are they good enough to hold the Android hordes at bay?
Blackberry Torch 9850
What is it?
Research in Motion’s second attempt at a full-touch screen, no physical buttons smartphone, the BlackBerry Torch 9860.
What happened to the first one?
About three years ago, a phone known as the iPhone began to look increasingly like it was going to shake up the smartphone market. It did. The all-touch, all singing and dancing phone soon became a cultural, technological icon and Research In Motion wanted in. So they made a phone called the BlackBerry Storm, with a touch screen minus the physical keyboard, something it had become well known for. The cherry RIM thought it added to its cake, a patented technology called SurePress, soon backfired as critics found it difficult to use. Met with mixed reviews, RIM went back to the drawing board and launched the Storm 2 the next year in 2009, and corrected some of its predecessor’s flaws.
The Blackberry 9900 Bold Touch is a highly anticipated mobile phone which is due for release soon. The handset provides a multitude of functionality including Internet access, multimedia capability as well as NFC support. The unit itself has dimensions of 115 mm x 66 m wide whilst being 10 mm thick and weighing 130 g in weight and utilises a 1.2 GHz processor as well is version 7.0 of the Blackberry operating system.
TORONTO–To celebrate the announcement of the new BlackBerry OS 7 devices, RIM put on a special event for BlackBerry fans tonight to come check out the new models. Select media were also invited, and of course, we jumped at the chance to get a closer look at the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, BlackBerry Torch 9810, and BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 because despite all of RIM’s recent woes, we want to see the company succeed and offer compelling and competitive products.
Phones 4 U and Carphone Warehouse have revealed mid-August release dates for the new BlackBerry 9900 RIM handset.
Phones 4 U said it will begin selling the BlackBerry 9900 on August 19 free on a £35 per month contract with a “range of networks”. Customers can already pre-order the 9900 from the Phones 4 U website on both Orange and Vodafone.
The retailer said it also plans to sell the two other devices from BlackBerry’s new handset range, the BlackBerry Torch 9860 and BlackBerry Torch 9810, but has not revealed pricing or availability.
If you haven’t yet scooped up a Motorola Photon 4G, HTC EVO 3D or aren’t one of the many waiting for the WiMax flavored Samsung Galaxy S II, you’ll be happy to know that RIM will be throwing the BlackBerry Monza/Monoco aka BlackBerry Torch 9850 into the mix at some point as well and today, we’ve got our first good look at Sprint’s BlackBerry Torch 9850 courtesy of a render outed by Pocketnow.
The Blackberry 9900 Bold Touch is the most impressive handset that RIM have ever produced. The phone sports much of the functionality that has made the brand so popular whilst the design has been given an update to bring the phone much more inline with some of the more stylish phones that are currently available. With its powerful processor and improved operating system the phone looks to compete directly with some of the excellent smartphones currently available. Lets take a look at some of the superb features that are offered on this new handset.
Just like Vodafone and Three, O2 UK is also getting ready to launch the new BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900. The carrier expects to start selling the 9900 sometime in August (when the ultra-cheap Alcatel 602 Rugby should be out, too). It doesn’t say for how much, but customers will surely be able to get the smartphone for free on select plans.
The new Bold will come with BlackBerry OS 7, a 2.8 inch VGA touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, NFC, GPS, 5MP camera, 720p video recording, 768MB of RAM, 1.2GHz single-core processor, and 8GB of internal memory. You can see the handset here at O2.