RIM officially announces new Blackberry phones

Research in Motion is trying its best to get smartphone customers to forget all about those cool Android and iOS based devices with the launch of a number of new Blackberry based phones. RIM announced this week that it has launched three versions of its Blackberry Torch phone (the 9810, the 9850 and the 9860) and two versions of its Blackberry Bold phones (the 9900 and the 9930). All of these phones run on Blackberry OS 7, the latest version of RIM's proprietary operating system. These phones, the first new Blackberry phones that RIM has released in nearly a year, are all due for release later in August and will be made available on AT&T and Sprint wireless networks.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 phones are the thinnest Blackberry-based phones ever made at .41 inchs. They contain a 1.2 Ghz processor and a 2.7 inch screen on top of the familiar Blackberry keyboard. Inside is an 8 GB of memory and a 5 megapixel camera.

The Blackberry Torch 9810 has a touch screen and a slide out keyboard. There’s also 8 GB of storage inside. Both the Blackberry Touch 9850 and 9860 have no physical keyboard but do have a full 3.7 inch touchscreen. It’s the biggest such touchscreen made for a Blackberry device.

RIM hopes the launch of all these new Blackberry phones will help stop the decline of Blackberry’s market share in the smartphone business. Earlier this year the company launched its tablet product, the Blackberry Playbook, to poor reviews and sales. In July RIM announced plans to lay off 2,000 workers

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I really wished people these days would quit badmouthing products and companies, especially when people don't have a clear picture of things. Very Unprofessional. Just becasue thier phones don't have big shiny icons, and a screen the size of cape cod, doesn't mean their product is inferior. They could make like other companies and produce a product based more on looks if they wanted I'm sure, but in the meantime, they do an excellent job with the enterprise functions that most people don't care to think about. For example, Blackberry devices can be managed from a central server. Other comanies dont have anything similar, or if they do, it isn't well refined. RIM's devices also use very strong encryption algorithms, and protocols.... People should do thier research before they knock......

DanielZ said,
Stupid thought, but doesn't having a career at Blackberry mean you have a RIM-job?
I just sent that to my buddy that works at rim

This might still be too little too late.. Unless we see QNX on the mobiles, this might be the last nails for the coffin.. Being a BB user since the "Superpager" days and upgrading almost every new device, I think my BOLD is my last one. A small group of developers and lack of apps just makes it feel outdated before they are out..

Lord Zog said,
This might still be too little too late.. Unless we see QNX on the mobiles, this might be the last nails for the coffin.. Being a BB user since the "Superpager" days and upgrading almost every new device, I think my BOLD is my last one. A small group of developers and lack of apps just makes it feel outdated before they are out..

These are really just a stopgap before they get their QNX powered devices in the next set

That said, RIM has to move fast to keep people at least somewhat interested

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
Cue the collective yawn...

Ya. When I saw them I thought: "Looks the same as the old version. Not interesting."

Vannos said,

Ya. When I saw them I thought: "Looks the same as the old version. Not interesting."

Then you're being stupid. HTC devices all look the same, and iPhones barely changed before the iPhone 4.

Vannos said,

Ya. When I saw them I thought: "Looks the same as the old version. Not interesting."
For me it's hard, to not be intrested in the new Bold.

Vannos said,

Ya. When I saw them I thought: "Looks the same as the old version. Not interesting."
For me it is hard, to not be intetrested in the new Bold.