Aug 032011
 

RIM’s press release about its new BlackBerry 7 smartphones did not cover all the specifications. Here they are now for the BlackBerry Torch 9810, 9850/9860, and the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930.

BlackBerry Torch 9810BlackBerry Torch 9810 specifications:

  • Processor: 1.2GHz
  • Operating system: BlackBerry 7
  • Cellular connectivity: GSM/HSPA+
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Display: 3.2-inch VGA
  • Input: Portrait-sliding QWERTY keyboard, trackpad, touchscreen
  • Memory: 768MB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB onboard / microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with 720p HD video recording
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Battery: 1270mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 111 by 62 by 14.6 millimeters (closed) / 161 grams

BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 specifications:

  • Processor: 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM 8655 Snapdragon
  • Operating system: BlackBerry 7
  • Cellular connectivity (9850): GSM/HSPA+
  • Cellular connectivity (9860): Dual-band CDMA and EV-DO Rev. A
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Display: 3.7-inch WVGA
  • Input: Trackpad, capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 768MB RAM
  • Storage: 4GB onboard / microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with 720p HD video recording
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Battery: 1230mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 120 by 62 by 11.5 millimeters / 135 grams

BlackBerry Bold 9900BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 specifications:

  • Processor: 1.2GHz
  • Operating system: BlackBerry 7
  • Cellular connectivity (9900): Quad-band GSM and tri-band HSPA+
  • Cellular connectivity (9930): Dual-band CDMA and EV-DO Rev. A, dual-band HSPA+, and quad-band GSM
  • Other connectivity: GPS/aGPS, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Display: 2.8-inch VGA capacitive touchscreen
  • Input: QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad
  • Memory: 768MB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB onboard / microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with 720p HD video recording
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Battery: 1230mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 115 x 66 x 10.5 millimeters / 130 grams
  • Other: NFC support, built-in compass (magnetometer)
Aug 032011
 

Research In Motion today launched three new BlackBerry smartphones: The BlackBerry Torch 9810 and the All-Touch BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860. It also relaunched the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 first announced back at BlackBerry World in May. With more than 225 carriers involved, this is RIM’s largest global launch ever.

RIM BlackBerry 7 devices

The new BlackBerry smartphones are all powered by a 1.2GHz processor and the BlackBerry 7 operating system. They all come with HD video recording, 24-bit high resolution graphics, and advanced sensors enabling new augmented reality applications such as Wikitude that can be seamlessly integrated with BBM 6.

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Jun 202011
 

Research In Motion

A new document posted by Research In Motion about the next version of its mobile smartphone OS, BlackBerry 7, has revealed not only the screen resolutions that the new OS will support but the devices that will support them as well. The list includes the already announced BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900/9930, the Curve 9360, the 9810 (the rumoured Torch 2), and the 9850 (the all-touch slab possibly to be known as the Volt?) with a 3.7-inch 480×800 display.

BlackBerry 7 screen resolution support

RIM also announced new BlackBerry 7 smartphone simulators to emulate each of these form factors and screen resolutions for developers to get their apps ready for the new devices.

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May 092011
 

Research In Motion

BGR.com is reporting that RIM may delay the launch of its upcoming BlackBerry 7 devices. The just announced BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 may only launch in mid-August rather than June has some unconfirmed reports had suggested. Other BlackBerry 7 devices (including the rumoured BlackBerry Torch 2 and BlackBerry Touch) may not get announced until mid-October at RIM’s DevCon conference.

The delays are being attributed to a “disproportionate” reallocation of resources to the PlayBook. Not only are new tablet models featuring 3G and 4G connectivity expected but RIM is apparently also looking to release a 10-inch model this year to broaden appeal for its tablets. It’s likely that OS updates are also consuming a fair amount of manpower.

Senior management is apparently quite displeased so we will have to see if RIM can somehow redress this situation.

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Mar 312011
 

Research In Motion

N4BB.com has landed some details about the upcoming BlackBerry 7 operating system. The upcoming OS was one of the topics in a keynote delivered by David Yach, RIM’s Software Chief Technology Officer at an internal RIM RDX conference.

It appears that BlackBerry 7 will be a combination of the best features of both QNX and BlackBerry 6.1. It will also be RIM’s first OS to be used on both PlayBooks and BlackBerry devices. The project is codenamed “Highlander,” apparently a reference to the movie of the same name where “there can be only one.”

BlackBerry 7 is currently in the “early stages” of development. RIM is looking to have it out sometime in 2012.

Meanwhile, it appears that BlackBerry 6.1 is falling behind schedule due to “miscommunication between teams in the critical path of the project.” BlackBerry 6.1, based on an OS now almost 10 years old, is pushing the limits of what can be done and a number of unspecified features could disappear. One new feature called “Liquid Graphics” promises to add some ‘wow’ to the platform though.

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