Well, it looks like CDMA network subscribers won’t be left out in the cold when RIM goes live with their sleeker BlackBerry 9000. Word has it that RIM is preparing two different BlackBerry 9000 variants – the BlackBerry Javelin and BlackBerry Niagra. The former is the EDGE-based BlackBerry 9000 that we all know and love, while the latter will apparently be the a BlackBerry 9000 variant with EVDO support. Which is to say, the BlackBerry Javelin will launch sporting EDGE and 3G data connectivity for GSM networks and the BlackBerry Niagra will be the handling EVDO Rev. A data for the CDMA side of things.
Both handsets will feature the 480×360 display, large QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera, BES 5.0 support and of course similar (if not the same) physical dimensions and design. The GSM version of the BlackBerry 9000 (BlackBerry Javelin) will support quad-band (850/900/1800/1900Mhz) GSM, GPS, BlackBerry OS 4.6, WiFi, and an ArgonV processor. On the other hand, the CDMA version of the BlackBerry 9000 (BlackBerry Niagra) should hit the market with aGPS, BlackBerry OS 4.7, and Qualcomm MSM7600 processor in tow.
Overall, both devices seem to offer similar feature sets, with the exception of the CDMA BlackBerry 9000 forgoing the GSM variant’s WiFi radio in favor of aGPS and BlackBerry OS 4.7. Of course, seeing as how the BlackBerry Niagra is set to launch in May of 2009 (CDMA subscribers are always last in line), it makes sense that it launches with an updated OS.
We’ll be keeping an eye out for more details on the BlackBerry 9000 – and the iPhone-fighting BlackBerry AK. Stay tuned.