Scouted out on the FC’s Office of Engineering and Technology E-Filing, documents about a new and unannounced Blackberry 8980 device have come to light. According to the device filings, the 8980 brings the regular quad-band GSM cellular radio and full connectivity options via 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth. The rendered pictures indicate a Curve-styled full QWERTY keyboard, an optical trackpad, charger/dock contact pins and a 3.2MP camera on the rear. Rumors say the device will ship with a release of OS5.0 and may be upgradeable to 6.0 eventually.
The Blackberry Playbook was unveiled by RIM (Research in Motion) almost 2 months back. It will run the new Blackberry Tablet OS based on the QNX architecture. It sports some pretty impressive hardware including a 1 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and will come in 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB variants. It also has a 5 MP camera with a 3.2 MP secondary camera and sports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 etc.
The pricing details of the Blackberry Playbook haven’t been officially revealed yet, but most analysts expect the price to around $500, the same as the Apple iPad.
Today, some details about the pricing of the tablet have been leaked, which state that the Blackberry Playbook will be priced at
8 GB: $399
16 GB: $499
32 GB: $599
All the three variants will have the exact same hardware specs, except for the storage. All the models will be Wi-Fi only but can be tethered to Blackberry devices for connectivity.
We have already told you about the Blackberry Bold 9780. This phone from RIM looks similar to the BlackBerry 9700 Bold and is rooted as the most possible successor to the 9700 Bold. Bold 9780 also runs RIM’s latest operating system – BlackBerry OS 6. More hands-on videos and images of the Blackberry Bold 9780 can be found here.
This device is already available in various mobile outlets all across India. Although there has been no official word from Blackberry regarding this, but a few advertisements for the BB Bold 9780 has been spotted in major Indian newspapers. According to Mahesh Telecom the retail price of the device is Rs. 26,900. Below you can see the official advertisement for the Blackberry Bold 9780 in India.
Blackberry is really experimenting a lot these days, anyone would if their marketshare was getting hammered by two other mobile OSes (read: iOS and Android). Say Hi to the new Blackberry Style 9670, RIM’s first clamshell Blackberry device.
I don’t really find it very stylish, but that’s probably subjective. It is a bit bulky but offers nice hardware specs. It has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and comes with 3G EVDO Rev. A connectivity. It also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.
It runs the new Blackberry OS 6.0 and has 512 MB and supports up to 16 GB microSD cards. It has a 2.7 inch internal display with a resolution of 360 x 400 pixels and a 2 inch external QVGA display. It’s powered by a 1150 mAh battery with a rated talktime of 4.5 hours.
It will be available on Sprint from October 31. It is priced at just $99.99 after a mail in rebate of $100.
It seems that Blackberry users can now rejoice, but only for two more months as the Indian Govt. has now agreed to extend the deadline for Blackberry to comply with security related issues till December 31, 2010. So if things do not go all well, then Blackberry users might have to welcome the new year with a new kind of Blackberry – without corporate e-mail and chat!
We have already told you about the August 31 deadline, after which the deadline was extended to 31st October. And this current decision of extending the deadline to 31st December was taken after a high-level meeting between the MHA, RIM and the Department of Telecommunications.
RIM announced their new iPad competitor, the Blackberry PlayBook today. The new Blackberry Internet Tablet packs in a lot of power in a 7″ device. If you haven’t got your fill of the Blackberry Tablet yet, here are some pictures and a sneak peek video of the Blackberry PlayBook.
Hit the gallery below to view more pictures of the Blackberry Playbook.
Blackberry PlayBook Preview Video
So what do you think of the Blackberry PlayBook? Would you consider buying it when it comes out? What is the fair price you would pay for the device? Do let us know about your thoughts.
Blackberry PlayBook is built on the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture and will have a 7" Multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with screen resolution of 1024×600 pixels. Playbook runs on a 1 GHz dual-core processor and packs in 1GB RAM. It also has Dual HD Cameras (3 MP front facing and 5MP rear facing) and supports 1080p HD video recording.
PlayBook can play most of the newer video formats and also has a HDMI video output so that you can connect it to your HDTV to watch movies on it. For connectivity, PlayBook has support for Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1.
PlayBook also has a microUSB connection which will allow you to connect external devices or hard drives. PlayBook enhances browsing experience with a WebKit/HTML5 compliant browser, Adobe Flash 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL and Java.
PlayBook is is lightweight and weights only 0.9lbs (400g) making it easier to carry around, unlike the Apple iPad which is bulky. The Blackberry Playbook will run on the Blackberry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing.
The device will be launched in the United States in early 2011 and in other international market in Q2 2011. The Blackberry Tablet OS SDK will be released to developers in coming weeks. Pricing details of the device has not been unveiled and should be known in the next few months.
Allegedly, Research in Motion (RIM) is planning to launch the Blackberry Tablet as early as next week, during the Blackberry Developer Conference in San Francisco. The conference is starting on September 27 and will go on until September 30.
RIM plans to eventually migrate all its smartphones to the QNX OS as well.
The Blackberry tablet will have a 7 inch touchscreen display and a camera. It will be tethered to the Blackberry, so you can use your Blackberry’s data connection to access the internet of the tablet. It is being manufactured by Quanta Computers, Taiwan.
The Blackberry tablet should be available by the end of 2010.
Research in Motion, the creators of the famous BlackBerry have filed a trademark in Canada for SurfBook. According to rumors this is probably going to be name for the upcoming BlackBerry tablet.
According to the trademark unearthed by Tablets Unleashed, the trademark has been filed to the word SurfBook / Surf Book with the Canadian government. The trademark application was filed on August 9th, 2010 and has several users according to the Wares section. So is this what the new BlackBerry Tablet will be called?
Google played a gamble when they decided to foray into the mobile operating system by purchasing Android about 5 years ago. However, 5 years down the line that gamble seems to have paid off, since reports suggest the Android will soon overtake RIM and iOS as the 2nd largest mobile in the world behind Symbian.
According to Gartner, Android will become the No. 2 worldwide mobile operating system in 2010 and will challenge Symbian for the largest mobile OS title by 2014. Currently Symbian has the highest markets share with 46.9% overall, however, that is set to drop to 40.1% in 2010.
Android on the other hand had only 3.9% market share in 2009, but that is set to leap to 17.7% in 2010 overtaking Apple’s iOS which had 14.4% share last year, is set to rise to 17.5% because of several new introductions including the iPad and iPhone 4. Blackberry’s RIM to is on a downswing with 19.9% share last year and 17.5% share predicted for this year.
Android phones have definitely hit the roof since last year. More than 200,000 Android devices are sold per day, this number is bound to rise, with several mobile manufacturers adopting the Android OS for their devices.
With the introduction of Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread, Google is all set to challenge the mighty Symbian who was at one point of time one of the best Mobile OS. Sadly Symbian has lost ground since then and has failed to make impressive changes to challenge the newer age mobile OS platforms.