Very good news comes from RIM, the price of Playbook tablet the price was reduced to $299 for every model with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB internal storage.
Last month, RIM took a $485-million loss on unsold PlayBook inventory. The PlayBook also has yet to entice wireless carriers, as none has offered a 3G or 4G version of the BlackBerry tablet as RIM had planned.
The dramatic price cut follows what was a difficult 2011 for RIM with multiple product delays, layoffs, service outages, shrinking market share, disappointing earnings results, sliding stock prices and takeover rumors.
Good news for T-Mobile customers who are expecting the white version of BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone.
The white version of Bold 9900 is ready to become available on T-Mobile stores for $299 with a 2-year contract after rebates.
As a remember, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 was announced in May this year and features a 2.8 pixels touchscreen with 640 x 480 pixels resolution and an very comfortable QWERTY keyboard. Bold 9900 comes with 8 GB internal storage expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card. The phone is equipped with 768 MB of RAM memory, 1.2 GHz single core CPU and 5 megapixels camera capable to record HD videos. Bold 9900 is powered by the latest version of BlackBerry OS, the 7.0 version. For the complete list of specs check out this link.
The new BlackBerry Torch 9810 is available in stores from the 9th November.
As announced earlier, T-Mobile will be selling the new handset from 9th November but if you’re anxious you can pre-order it starting today. We also found out that you can have it for $249.99 with a $50 mail-in rebate and signing a new two-year contract with T-Mobile.
For those who don’t know, the Torch 9810 has a 1.2 GHz processor which helps browsing, socializing and gaming at high speeds, 768 MB of RAM, 8GB of memory which is expandable up to 32 GB with the help of a microSD card.
It comes with a fluid all-touch 3.2-inch display, having 480×640 resolution, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash, which makes it easier to capture life in detail and 720p HD video recording. Being one of the newer handsets from RIM, it runs the new version of RIM’s Operating System for mobile phones, that is BlackBerry 7 OS and has a fast HSPA+ and Wi-Fi connectivity. It also has Bluetooth, GPS and a 1.270 mAh battery. Thanks to speech-to-text translation, files,emails or contacts may be searched without typing.
The smartphone from T-Mobile, released a few months ago, was seen only in a black version until today when the white Blackberry Bold 9900 appeared at a technical exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
If you haven’t seen or heard it yet, the Bold 9900 equipped with a 1.2GHz processor, 768 MB of RAM for high performance, 8GB of internal storage and a 24-bit high-resolution display shows us the pleasure of touch with its fluid animations. Also it gives us a HD life perspective with the 720 HD video recording and 5 MP camera. What draws our attention, however, is the beautiful QWERTY keyboard combined with a touchscreen.
You can read your newspaper or your e-mails on your way to the office thanks to the Wi-Fi connectivity or easily transfer files through Bluetooth.
Running under the Blackberry 7 Operating System, the handset brings new powerful features and applications that help you connect with the world around you such as Near Field Communication built-in.
Its white appearance shouldn’t surprise us at all though, as so many other handsets are available in different colored versions, still we have no clue when the official release of the “incognito” Blackberry will take place.
Latest rumors say that RIM and Verizon Wireless are preparing to launch the BlackBerry Torch 9850 in stores starting next week, probably on September 8th.
The wireless carrier plans on making the new device available via Direct Fulfillment (Web and phone sales) on September 8th and for purchase via its stores on September 15th. The BlackBerry Torch 9850 should hit other retail channels as well on this day, it seems.
BlackBerry Torch 9850 features a 3.7-inches touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 768 MB of RAM, 1.2GHz processor. Other specs include a 5 megapixels camera capable to record HD videos at 720p resolution.
No words about price, but Verizon it might announce it soon, so stay tuned.
Rogers carrier has announced the availability of BlackBerry Curve 9360 on their stores.
Curve 9360 is available for $49.99 with a 3-year contract and for $349.99 without contract. If you chose to buy it with 2-year contract you must pay $99.99. The device is not yet available in stores but should be out in a short time, maybe next week.
BlackBerry Curve 9360 features a 2.44-inches screen with 480 x 360 pixels resolution, 5 megapixels camera with LED flash technology, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth v2.0. Curve 9360 is powered by a 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and runs on BlackBerry OS 7.0.
BlackBerry has officially announced yesterday the Curve trio, BB Curve 9350, Curve 9360 and Curve 9370.
BlackBerry Curve 9350 release date for Sprint carrier is September 9 and the price is $79.99 (after $50 mail-in rebate). This price is available with a 2-year contract. Sprint Business customers may qualify to get BlackBerry Curve 9350 for $49.99 (without taxes) on a business account with a new line or eligible upgrade and new one- or a two-year service agreement, after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card.
“It is exciting to see the BlackBerry Curve line continue to evolve, building upon past success,” said David Owens, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “This latest iteration offers the recognizable form factor our customers have come to enjoy, while adding powerful new features and innovative apps of BlackBerry 7 to deliver the smoothest and fastest BlackBerry Curve experience to date.“
BlackBerry Curve 9350 is a CDMA device which runs on the new BlackBerry OS 7.0 and has 800 MHz processor, 2.44-inches TFT screen with 480 x 360 pixels resolution. Other specs of BB Curve 9350 include a 5 megapixels camera with LED flash, 512 MB of RAM, 512 MB of ROM, Wi-Fi b/g/n, without 3G and a 1000 mAh battery.
Key features include:
BlackBerry PlayBook support with BlackBerry Bridge (BlackBerry Bridge is available as a free download on BlackBerry App World)
DataViz Docs To Go Premium suite preloaded, for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from anywhere
RIM brings some great news for all of you BB owners. The latest version of the BlackBerry PlayBook firmware, will not only bring the new Flash developer tools but also the new device simulators for the upcoming OS 7 devices.
This way developers can start developing for the previously-unnannounced OS 7 devices.
The thing about the new device simulators is to make the appropriate changes for screen sizes, and RIM has prepared a handy little table. These are actually official confirmations, and as you can see the Simulator for Apollo 9360 will have a 2.4-inch 480 x 360 screen, the Simulator for Torch 9810 will have a 3.2-inch 480 x 640 display, and the Simulator for Monaco 9850 will have a 3.7-inch 480 x 800 display. The Dot pitch is also available in this table.
The strategy used by RIM is quite smart, since the Monaco 9850 simulator leak was already seen, RIM has just decided to offer the official stuff, instead of watching how more unfinished tools made their way into the wild. Another interesting fact is that RIM hasn’t until now officially acknowledged the upcoming devices, and is a good idea how they presume any developers interested in BlackBerry simulators will have already heard about the unannounced OS 7 devices through various leaks.
The Facebook application for BlackBerry Playbook tablet has been updated. The new update is available as part of the OTA BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.5 update and in maximum 24 hours will become available for download from the BlackBerry App World.
The version 1.0.5 of Facebook application brings some great new features including:
Video uploading – now all videos that has been recorded with the tablet can be uploaded into your Facebook account.
Facebook Search enhancements – with the new Search icon on the Notifications Bar, you can filter your Friends list using the Friends Search, find that long lost childhood friend that you’ve been wanted to connect with using the Everyone Search, and you can even become a fan of your favorite band’s Facebook Page using the Pages Search.
Improved access to Pages – a new page tab is accessible from the Friends list where you can view My Pages and Pages You Like and seamlessly link to them to view and interact with their Wall, Info, and Photos.
Message deletion – now you can delete a Facebook message by pressing and holding the screen until a delete button appears, and then tap the delete button to remove the message.
News Feed improvements – you can interact with your News Feeds via the More button to Like or comment on posts without having to leave the News Feed view.
Photo Upload Album Selection – with the new function of the album section for your tablet, you can now make albums more easier. When uploading a photo, simply select the album that you would like to upload the photo.
The v1.0.5 of BlackBerry Playbook tablet was launched today and brings a new Facebook application, more languages support and more new cool features.
What is new in version 1.0.5 of BlackBerry Playbook OS:
a new Facebook application
In-App Payments Support – The BlackBerry App World storefront now enables BlackBerry PlayBook applications with in-app payment support. Whether it’s buying another level in a game, or a new edition of a magazine, in-app payment support means dynamic possibilities for BlackBerry PlayBook applications and better apps for users.
Additional BlackBerry Tablet OS Enhancements
BlackBerry PlayBook Charging and Battery Pop-up:
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet can now be charged even when fully powered down.
BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.5 now alerts you if you are using an incorrect charger with your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. For example, if you accidentally plug a BlackBerry smartphone charger into the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet you will now receive an alert on the screen to let you know that this charger will not charge your tablet.
After touching the battery indicator on the top right corner of the home screen, a pop-up will appear and you can now choose to restart the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, turn it off, or put it into standby mode. You can also adjust the screen brightness from this same pop-up.
Additional Language Support – the OS 1.0.5 has support for French, Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish and UK English languages.
Video Chat Connectivity – We’ve added support for the TURN (Traversal Using Relay NAT) protocol, which enhances Video Chat connections between users when their call is crossing between a public network and an enterprise network behind a firewall.
Wi-Fi Hotspot Detection – Automatic Wi-Fi hotspot detection in the BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.5 makes it easier to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot (at a coffee shop or airport, for example) during the set up process.
Headset Audio Boost – This new option allows you to add an extra level of volume to help maintain an enjoyable audio experience with your headset in noisier areas, such as airplanes.
This update is already installed on all Playbook tablets that were shipped after June 7th, 2011. For all customers who has bought the tablet until this date, the v1.0.5 of BlackBerry OS for Playbook will be presented with a software update notification on the BlackBerry PlayBook status ribbon, or they can go to check for the software update at any time in the Settings Menu under Software Updates.