Excited that your aging BlackBerry Bold is finally getting some nice updates of touchscreen and new BlackBerry OS? Well, then you might want to check out this video. According to this video, the response of the touchscreen is very responsive despite such a small screen.
RIM’s BlackBerry Torch didn’t really sail successfully when it’s launched last year, and it seemed that RIM has quickly prepared a new successor to the Torch, happily named the Torch 2. As you can expect, the Torch 2 is indeed a Torch with some simple speed bump and some software update, and that’s now been all but confirmed by BGR.
As you can see, it’s nearly identical to the original Torch in terms of appearance, but BGR says the device’s 1.2GHz processor could “light a fire” when paired with BlackBerry OS 6.1, and that its 640 x 480 display “looks absolutely great.” As with the Bold Touch it got its hands on yesterday, BGR says the Torch 2 will be making its official debut at BlackBerry World next month, with a launch to follow in July.
Yes and everyone’s still moaning over no new iPhone announcement in WWDC 2011.
For those RIM fans and QWERTY smartphone fans and BBM fans and professionals, rejoice as your BlackBerry Bold is getting some good updates. Touchscreen, a blisteringly fast 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 8GB of internal storage, 768MB of RAM, , a microSD expansion slot, 5 megapixel camera and a 35-key backlit keyboard. Oh, and did you know that your next Bold Touch (Dakota) will have touchscreen? Yes, it’s small, but at least you’re still getting some touchscreen. You’ll also get a microscopic 2.8-inch LCD with a woeful 640 x 480 resolution, Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.5mm headphone jack, A-GPS, dual-band 802.11b/g/n WiFi and a 720p movie mode in that puny little screen. Jolly holy, I’m so happy. But wait, why does it still look like the same old Bold? Well, RIM’s going the ‘classical’ way.
Looks like RIM is serious in launching their BlackBerry Bold Touch. Yes, the name says it all. The phone will retain the familiar Bold shape, and yet having the Touch gene as in the touchscreen ability of that tiny screen. This is the real QWERTY + Touchscreen that we will be experiencing, and BGR is reporting that the prototype looks even better than the renders. The site also reports that the touchscreen is plenty responsive, which could help induce users to move their thumbs from the optical trackpad for navigation. It also reiterates a BlackBerry World launch, so if things stay on track we’ll be getting our own hands on one in just about one month’s time.
If you can’t fight ‘em, join ‘em. Smartphones with QWERTY keypads and tiny screens and tiny optical touchpad doesn’t seem to get much attention from the market these days. It seemed that BlackBerry will be heading the iPhone-way in terms of their future smartphones, at least for some of them. BlackBerry Touch, previously known as Monaco, has been sighted by BGR yet again, which can only say that the phone is really coming.
BGR has managed to procure an unreleased prototype, and according to the pub, it should get official at BlackBerry World in May, and it’ll run OS 6.1 underneath that 800 x 480-pixel screen. The new BB6 is said to use a BlackBerry ID in place of a PIN for certain key functions — a necessary move for non-BB platforms rumored to be getting BBM (a historically PIN-based service).
BGR also claims it won’t be getting the Storm terminology, instead will join the ‘Touch’ term, coz you know, it’s fully touchscreen yo. What’s more, it seemed that Android apps are also present here.
We’ve heard the rumours, but now it’s official. RIM just announced that its forthcoming BlackBerry PlayBook will support both BlackBerry Java and Android apps. That includes native C/C++ development support, HTML5, Flash and AIR support, not to mention game engines from Ideaworks Labs (AirPlay) and Unity Technologies (Unity 3).
This means that the upcoming PlayBook from RIM will instantly have over 200,000 apps should developers choose to “quickly and easily” port them over, and assuming owners dive into one of two optional “app players” in order to do so.
Interestingly, RIM is focusing on Android 2.3 apps, and there’s no mention of Honeycomb apps, despite both being tablets and such apps would be tablet-optimized. Developers can look forward to an imminent release of the native PlayBook SDK, which will specifically enable C/C++ application development on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.
RIM’s PlayBook will be arriving on the 19th of April.
Just before March ends, RIM has secretly put their long waited PlayBook up for pre-order for a cent less than $500. The 16GB WiFi-only PlayBook is now up for pre-order at BestBuy and is coming to a wide list of other retailers soon. US data carriers AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon will also have them, though T-Mobile is not listed for obvious reasons.
And where does that news come from? From the press release of RIM themselves, for the Q3 earnings call this week. “There are no PlayBook revenues included in our Q4 guidance, and we expect the first revenue impact from PlayBook will be in RIM’s first quarter,” a RIM spokeswoman said, adding that the PlayBook is still slated to ship in the first quarter of the calendar year. The company expects the first revenue from the dual-core tablet to arrive in the first quarter of the company’s fiscal year. So the book must be readily available by then.
Well, this actually needs some explanation. You see, RIM’s first fiscal quarter doesn’t start till March, which happens to be when the first calendar quarter ends. Yes, RIM can certainly revise its guidance to shareholders and launch the BlackBerry PlayBook earlier or later if that’s what execs deem fit, but if both of RIM’s statements remain true, then March is when the PlayBook will ship.
We’ve seen the Curve 8500 series and the Curve 3G, but many say that they do not really replace the much acclaimed Curve 8900. The Bold 9700 is totally out of the league of the younger Curve 8900, but now we have what seemed to be the true successor. Just like how RIM named the Bold 9780 after the Bold 9700, the new Curve is called the 8980, quite similar to the Curve 8900’s naming. Read more…
RIM has finally unveiled the pricing of the PlayBook tablet. The gadget will come in three capacities, and prices will be different for each. The 8GB, 16GB and 32GB models will retail for $399, $499 and $599, respectively. The PlayBook will be released in North America in the first quarter of next year and the rest of the world in the second quarter. Stay tuned for more updates. May the war of tablets begin (though it already begin with the Galaxy Tab)!