April 7, 2009
There are some rumors of new BlackBerry devices hitting the net. Now, I'll be the first to say that a rumor is just that - a rumor. It may not be true. However, it takes a lot of time and people to make new devices - and I would like to think the great brains behind RIM's BlackBerry products don't use the old dart board method of product design. What I mean is that they use real customers to tell them what to change from their current models and what to add that is new and exciting. All of this means that there are a lot of people involved in the design and rumors are bound to happen. The next thing to consider is timing - and with the Wireless Enterprise Summit (WES) coming up next month, I would say that now is a great time to be about to announce some new devices and get some marketing momentum working for you. So, enough said - on to the rumors!
This device is rumored to have a touchscreen and feature GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS, a camera, WiFi, GPS, 480 x 360 resolution display, and QWERTY keyboard and will be available on the AT&T network in the United States. No word yet on other carriers for this device. Note the reference to both the touchscreen and the full keyboard - this would be a big change for usability and more in line with what made BlackBerries so popular.
This device is rumored to be very similar to the Magnum but without the touch screen. It's also destined for AT&T. I have read various rumors that swap the Magnum and Onyx as to which one has the touchscreen.
This device is rumored to feature GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS, GPS. WiFi with UMA, a QWERTY keyboard and a camera. The UMA support suggests that the target carrier in the US will be T-mobile.
This device is rumored to be an update to the Curve and is being touted as the BlackBerry Storm but with a keyboard instead of a touchscreen. Also missing from this device is WiFi - which given the rate of progress seems like a step backwards. What I like about this device is the rumored 1 Ghz CPU - the extra horsepower will help make the total user experience that much better. The likely carrier for this device in the States is Verizon.