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Blackberry Curve 9380

Blackberry Bold 9790
The two new BlackBerry models are the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380

After catching a sneak peek at what BGR has confirmed as the BlackBerry London yesterday, Research In Motion (RIM) has announced two new smartphones today, which will run on the new BlackBerry 7 operating system.

The two new BlackBerry models are the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380. They both offer enhanced multimedia, social, and productive features as well as several pre-installed apps.

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 has a touch display as well as a full QWERTY keyboard and optical trackpad, but has a narrow design. It features a 1 GHz processor, 8 GB of onboard memory and an expandable memory card slot for up to 32 GB of extra storage. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 can be used for work or play with its Web browsing, multimedia and document composing capabilities.

The BlackBerry Curve 9380, according to RIM, is the first Curve to smartphone with a touch display. In fact, this new smartphone is all touch, no keyboard or physical buttons. It features a 3.2-inch high-resolution display, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), and pre-installed apps such as Facebook and Twitter. It also has a 5 MP camera with flash and video recording. According to RIM, the new Curve is "compact and stylish."

According to RIM, the new BlackBerry 7 OS offers a "faster" and "richer" experience. Web browsing has been improved with a new JIT JavaScript compiler, which improves speed, and a better HTML5 performance for videos and gaming.

In addition, voice-activated search, Near Field Communications (NFC) and Augmented Reality will be part of the BlackBerry 7 experience. NFC will allow users to make purchases using their phones instead of credit cards or cash, and the Wikitude Augmented Reality app makes it easier for BBM users to find other BBM contacts nearby in real-time. The app also allows the BlackBerry user to read reviews on restaurants, find information on a landmark nearby, etc.

The new BlackBerry 7 OS will include many pre-installed apps, such as Documents To Go Premium, BlackBerry Protect, BlackBerry Balance, the Social Feeds (2.0) app and the Facebook for BlackBerry app.

RIM has not announced an exact date of release for both smartphones, but said they will become available around the globe in the coming weeks. Pricing also hasn't been released.

In other RIM-related news, the BlackBerry London leak from yesterday started a number of rumors that BlackBerry was moving away from the full QWERTY keyboard, since the picture showed an all-touch screen without the keyboard. The announcement of the all-touch BlackBerry Curve 9380 may further solidify such rumors, but according to Engadget, who has a secret source from RIM, there are no plans to completely eliminate the keyboard from RIM phones. In fact, the source said that RIM is "absolutely committed to building more great keyboard-based smartphones." But that doesn't mean the company won't branch out a bit into the all-touch displays.

Sources: RIM, Engadget

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RE: blackberry alternative?
By retrospooty on 11/16/2011 2:41:25 PM , Rating: 2
"WebOS is great for business users as it multitasks well, integrates with Exchange"

All smartphones except those made by RIM integrate with exchange. Blackberry is hte ONLY one the doesnt support EAS. Not becasue they arent capable, its just that RIM wants to bilk that extra fee for thier BES.

Still, I was gonna say Palm Pre, but they are already getting old, and not making any more. Not even available in most Verizon stores anymore. - sad

RE: blackberry alternative?
By SandmanWN on 11/16/2011 4:49:46 PM , Rating: 2
Except the centralized management on most of the other options is terrible.

-Droid management by a corporation - forget about it.
-Apple you have to write your own scripts currently to manage the phone, which can be easily broken so the user can get it around your security measures. Otherwise you have to reach out to Apple and have them do it which is a time consuming waste. Not to mention the cost of the platform... ouch!
-Windows phone actually does a good job with what I've tested with it so far. Just doesn't feel like a polished process yet.
-BlackBerry, all in one tidy secure place, not to mention its the only way to get a "new" contract with an unlimited data plan on most of the carriers these days. Otherwise you're paying overages on those carriers.

RE: blackberry alternative?
By retrospooty on 11/16/2011 9:04:26 PM , Rating: 2
"Except the centralized management on most of the other options is terrible."

Remote wipe is good if your business is a high security deal... other than that its 100% useless. Its good for IT guys that are control freaks, thats about it. =)

I let my people get what phone they want and give them EAS... OF course we are not a high security type business.

RE: blackberry alternative?
By SandmanWN on 11/17/2011 4:28:12 PM , Rating: 2
Its all good till you have to fire someone. Then you just look foolish for being so nearsighted. But whatever floats your career boat man.

RE: blackberry alternative?
By retrospooty on 11/18/2011 3:10:00 PM , Rating: 2
How so?

Manager notifies me of termination, we disable all accounts. Its up to the manager to get the laptop and phone back. No new info or email can get to the phone nor can the user log in to any systems. Email history - yes they can read that, but not any easier than they can on their laptop - more difficult on hte phone. Again, if its high security like you work a a govt. research lab, you better not have that type of info on any phone including Blackberries.

RE: blackberry alternative?
By SandmanWN on 11/18/2011 9:52:02 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, you'll go real far in this industry...

RE: blackberry alternative?
By retrospooty on 11/19/2011 7:58:20 AM , Rating: 2
by not embracing outmoded tech and being open to better cheaper ways to operate that not only work, but offer a happier user? Yes, I already am.

Like I said, I am not in a govt lab or cutting edge research industry . Most companies aren't. RIM is losing ground in the enterprise sector... I do think the study above is skewed, but the fact remains RIM is on its way out.

"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs
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