Research in Motion has released a BlackBerry Torch with BlackBerry 6 Promo that compiles a bunch of features of the new Flagship BlackBerry device and it’s new operating system.
We are only 1hr away from the RIM and AT&T event and everyone is expecting to see the BlackBerry Slider 9800 to be announced. You have to suspect RIM may announce something around the BlackPad (AKA BlackBerry Tablet). It would be amazing if AT&T managed to lock in the iPad, Kindle (new model $189 AT&T 3G ) and RIM’s tablet for the data plans. The FCC documents reference model RCY71UW, but from the images this looks like the slider we all know and love (real name is the BB Torch). HOW DID VERIZON not get this device?
Hardware specs are rather standard luetooth, 802.11b/g/n, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1900, UMTS II (1900), V (850) are all go with the GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800 MHz bands and UMTS I (2100) bands. We will all know in the next hour or so.
Although we probably won’t definitively find out if RIM is going to officially name the BlackBerry 9800 Slider BlackBerry Torch until next Tuesday, the odds of this being the case look pretty good. We’ve been hearing all summer that the 9800 Slider would be named BlackBerry Torch and RIM has recently registered the domain name BlackBerryTorch.com
RIM has also snagged the domain name BlackPad.com presumably for the BlackBerry Tablet rumored to be released towards the end of this year or early next, however, we doubt that this is the name that they will go with.
Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu said in a research note yesterday that BlackBerry 6, the next version of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry operating system, may not come out on CDMA networks like Sprint and Verizon until 2011.
Almost 80% of all wireless networks use GSM technology, so, it makes sense that RIM would target the biggest audience for the release their newest OS. We believe that the BlackBerry 9800 (BlackBerry Slider) will be the first device to run BlackBerry 6 and that it will come out on AT&T in the August / September timeframe. The problem for RIM, however, is that most BlackBerry devices are purchased here in the United States where the majority of BlackBerry users are CDMA BlackBerry users.
The team over at BerryTimes have posted more pictures of the BlackBerry 9800 Slider. Personally, I can’t wait until I can get my hands on one so that I can see it for myself.
The upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9800 Slider still needs a bit of polish around the edges, however, the new device and BlackBerry 6 look just about ready to go. As I’ve said before, BlackBerry 6 looks like it is designed to run on a BlackBerry with a Touchscreen. We know that 6 will run on the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Bold 9650, and the yet to be officially announced BlackBerry Clamshell 9670. I’m anxious to see BlackBerry 6 running on a device with a physical QWERTY keyboard only.
[Via The BerryFix]
TheCellularGuru.com was able to get their hands on live shots of the BlackBerry Bold 9800 Slider running the new WebKit based BlackBerry Browser. If BlackBerry 6 has any legs at all, this device will be a big hit.
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According to Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam, Research in Motion may be among the first manufacturers next year to offer a device on Verizon’s new Long Term Evolution (LTE) network that they are rolling out later this year.
Verizon released a video of their LTE in action at a Boston Pizza shop last week and the network saw download speeds of 8.55 Mbps. A BlackBerry with that kind of speed begs for streaming video, so, it will be interesting to see if the first LTE BlackBerry will have a full touchscreen like on the BlackBerry Storm or like the new BlackBerry 9800 Slider rumored to be coming out on AT&T in June.
BGR is reporting that the BlackBerry Bold 9800 slider is coming exclusively to AT&T sometime in the second half of June. They have confirmed that over one million units have been ordered which is a bit surprising seeing how AT&T usually focuses on nothing but the new iPhone during June.
The Bold 9800 slider will, of course, run BlackBerry 6 and be one of the first BlackBerry devices to launch with the new OS as compared to having to be upgraded to it.
BGR has posted what is believed to be the first ever video of the BlackBerry Slider online. Not sure what the model number will be, possibly the 9800, but the BlackBerry Slider will most probably fall under the BlackBerry Bold line.