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New smartphones are thinnest BlackBerry devices ever

RIM has unveiled a couple new smartphones today that are said to be the thinnest and most powerful Blackberry devices yet. The two smartphones are also the first to use the new Blackberry 7 OS. The smartphones are the new Blackberry Bold 9900 and 9930. 

"The new BlackBerry Bold smartphones and BlackBerry 7 OS are inspired by millions of customers around the world who want the ultimate combination of performance, functionality and style," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion. “These fully-loaded and beautifully crafted smartphones offer a highly refined user experience with blazingly fast performance, a brilliant touch screen and an outstanding typing experience.” 

RIM says that the new devices are only 10.5mm thick and that the materials used on the smartphones are optimized for quality and durability. Both smartphones have 1.2GHz processors inside, use new Liquid Graphics Touch screens, and also support 4G HSPA+ mobile networks. The new Liquid Graphics touchscreen is a key new feature of the devices and is powered by Blackberry OS 7 according to RIM. The screen offers responsive touch navigation and is up to the task of mobile gaming too. RIM claims that the screen is good for up to 60 fps performance for video and gaming and the screen has 287dpi.

Of the two new smartphones, the 9900 supports HSPA+ networks and the 9930 supports CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and HSPA + global roaming on GSM/UMTS networks. Both devices also have integrated NFC technology that will let the smartphone be used for mobile payments and a lot more. Other features of the two phones include an integrated compass, APIs to allow the developers to take advantage of the hardware the phone offers, and support for HD video.

Both the 9900 and 9930 share most of the same specifications. The screen is a 2.8-inch unit with a 640 x 480 resolution. They have the QWERTY keyboard that Blackberry devices are famous for and an optical track pad. The smartphones also have 8GB of on board storage, a microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB cards, and a 5-megapixel rear camera. That camera will record 720p video. Other features include 802.11a/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The new Blackberry 7 OS is as big of news as the new hardware. The new OS has improved browsing online, voice-activated searches, and the ability to manage a user's personal content separately from their business content. The new browser in the OS supports HTML5 video and other elements. The browser also has a new JIT JavaScript compiler to speed the loading of web pages.

Another feature of the new OS is BlackBerry Balance, which is the part of the OS that separates personal from business content. That allows the user to have one device for both parts of their life. Balance works along with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.3 allowing the remote wiping of data on the smartphone if lost or stolen.

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RE: It is time...
By omnicronx on 5/2/2011 2:02:28 PM , Rating: 3
*looks around for enterprise equivalent to replace it with*

Seriously, sometimes I think people make these comments based solely on the consumer market.

RIM is a major player in the business world people, and not a single other smartphone manufacturer has the same capabilities and control as the BB system..

For consumer phones there is no comparison, not so much in the business world.

Sure they may be less and less relevant in the consumer space as time goes on, but I don't see them going anywhere anytime soon in the enterprise space. i.e growth by be hindered (specifically consumer growth), but I don't feel that their core business is going anywhere anytime soon.

RE: It is time...
By Lord 666 on 5/2/11, Rating: 0
RE: It is time...
By omnicronx on 5/2/2011 2:24:48 PM , Rating: 2
What processor was in the top of the line BB before though? I thought it was a measely 624Mhz.. with a terrible little GPU.

This is not merely slight UI changes, it includes some pretty dramatic hardware changes which will finally put them at least on the same playing field as other smartphones on the market.

I'm pretty sure their acquisition of 'Torch Mobile' for the webkit based browser if finally paying dividends and should result in a much better web experience then current devices.

Most of the people I know with BB's don't use many of the features you describe. They merely want to make phone calls, text, and browse the net. (and many BB users I know can't get away from BBM)

I never said they will ever be the powerhouse they were before, but I hardly feel they are going anywhere in the enterprise sector in which they don't really have any true competitor.

I'm not even a BB fan in the slightest, but I'm not going to discard the obvious, that being RIM still has a powerful hold over the business market.

RE: It is time...
By Pirks on 5/2/2011 3:35:15 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure their acquisition of 'Torch Mobile' for the webkit based browser if finally paying dividends and should result in a much better web experience then current devices.
Don't forget about their acquisition of QNX as well - armed with this uberOS RIM is up to some serious sh!t in the future, I'm positive on that. You don't purchase such a major OS for nothing.

RE: It is time...
By Lord 666 on 5/2/2011 5:06:19 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, I bet thats what HP is thinking too.

RE: It is time...
By MeesterNid on 5/2/2011 2:25:59 PM , Rating: 1
What are these "business" needs that RIM fills so well? This is an honest question as I do not know what RIM does that others don't/can't.

RE: It is time...
By omnicronx on 5/2/2011 2:43:30 PM , Rating: 2
Exchange and the best enterprise support on the market perhaps?

MS and its OS/userbase is still in its infancy and neither Apple nor Android have the tools to truly tackle the needs of large organizations.

RIM controls the enterprise market and will for sometime. Apple has little reason to try and compete, and Android is essentially non existent. MS may eventually get there, but are far from competing in the consumer space with a consumer centric OS, let alone the enterprise sector.

RE: It is time...
By MeesterNid on 5/2/11, Rating: 0
RE: It is time...
By omnicronx on 5/2/2011 3:36:40 PM , Rating: 2
What about them? Google's productivity suite is flat out not a true large scale enterprise solution.

I would even make a guess that MS's BPOS Suite is gaining more traction in the cloud based enterprise world than Google.

RE: It is time...
By MeesterNid on 5/2/2011 9:48:46 PM , Rating: 2
Do you care to actually say why and how it is

not a true large scale enterprise solution

or is it more about the seriousness of the charge rather than the weight of the arguments? You've thrown around lots of platitudes here without actually providing any figures or even arguments as to why you believe what you believe.

I profoundly disagree with you on every single point you've made by the way.

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