Bell’s upcoming BlackBerry lineup leaked, OS 7 devices aiming for late August

A quick glimpse into Bell’s BlackBerry lineup for the summer has provided some launch windows for Canadians to look forward to. Despite RIM saying they would be missing the back-to-school rush, Bell is listing a late August launch for the Torch 9810, Bold 9900, “Monaco” 9860, and Curve 9360. Bell won’t be alone in launching RIM’s upcoming OS 7 devices; we’ve seen signs that Telus will be offering the BlackBerry 9860 and Bold 9900 as well. Rogers likely won’t be left out of the party, though we’ve seen no concrete signs of new BlackBerry smartphones headed their way.

These four devices constitute RIM’s stepping stone to full QNX-powered smartphones; there have even been whispers that anything running OS 7 will be able to be upgraded to the same type of OS as on the PlayBook tablet, though RIM has said we’ll need to wait for multi-core devices for the big leap. The common thread across all of these new phones are higher-resolution screens, faster processors, a new graphics rendering engine, near-field communications, augmented reality thanks to a magnetic compass, and mobile Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities. At least on paper, most of these changes will bring BlackBerry up to snuff with the competition, but the OS is still more or less the same experience, and most folks (especially investors) are crying out for dramatic change. Even with the leap to QNX, I don’t think we’ll see more than a performance improvement (however significant it may be).

In any case, are there any Canadians in the house who are perfectly happy with BlackBerry and interested in these new devices, or has Android won you over for your next phone?

[Techfibe via CB]

  • Bryon

    I have to say that even though I’m not in the Canadian market, I can’t wait to own a BB device again.
    My 1st BB was the original Storm & I loved it til I cracked the screen 🙁 However, my carrier at the time, “Verizon” was just releasing Tour 9630 & I couldn’t see how any phone could be better. Both these devices offered me a fantastic user experience & did all that I wanted them to. I upgraded my phone when I switched to Sprint & got the Samsung Moment. It seemed a nice enough phone (Horrible Device) but I couldn’t get used to ad-ware flashing while I was sending text messages. I returned it in 2 days & opted for the Touch Pro 2, another wonderful device, but woefully limited by an inept OS. Growing tired of being able to do nothing advanced with my phone unless I was willing to hack it, I ventured out into the Android wilderness again with the Epic 4G (Awesome Device!!!) I love this phone & don’t regret the purchase at all. I do however want back into the BB kingdom. I like knowing that the phone I just purchased has hardware that will support all the forseeable OS updates
    & therefore won’t be obsolete in less than a year. Some people don’t mind this & may even like that market aspect, but not I. I regret seeing RIM prodded into this “Techno-Madness” that seems all to wasteful. I hope they are able to strike a balance between convention & progress, & are therefore able to preserve that Legendary Blackberry Stability for the sake of the practical mobile Users out here who still crave what they have to offer.

  • ClearEyes

    D*mn right! I am not going to run out and buy a new Bold 9900 to replace my 9700 in late August–I’m going to wait till December. lol

    Seriously, I am very interested, nay committed, to buying this new bold. And I have to say, if it never gets QNX, I will be just fine thank you. I like my 9700 (running OS 6) very much.

    I have gone to Apple stores, and played with iPhones and iPads. Meh!

    I have hung out at BestBuy and checked out Android-based phones and tablets. Meh!

    I own a BlackBerry PlayBook, and though I want more from it like integrated email etc., I am extremely happy that I bought one. As the commercial states, it is Powerful, and Portable. And the gesture-based UI is so intuitive and smooth. I can still remember the first time I went to play with an iPhone 4. The blogs were mentioning how it could now multi-task. I picked up the device, looked at it, looked some more, and then found a sales person, who could tell me HOW to do it.

    It just kills me how pundits say that the iOS interface is intuitive! It is only intuitive after someone explains how it needs to be done.

    Leave someone in a room by themselves for 5 minutes, and they will have learned to move around the TabletOS on a playbook pretty well.

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