Today RIM has announced a new breed of BlackBerry device that looks and feels much more like a phone than prior efforts. The 7100t is a full featured phone, with email and instant messaging support. The most interesting feature though is SureType, a 20 button keypad and predictive input software.
The 7100t is expected to be available in the first part of October. Initially it will only be available on the T-Mobile network at $199.
More info from the T-Mobile site:
BlackBerry 7100t keeps you connected whether you’re in the office or not, and it fits perfectly into your lifestyle. And your pocket.
Full-featured phone This is one sweet phone, with dedicated send and end keys, speakerphone, integrated Bluetooth, downloadable ringtones, contacts, conference calling, call waiting and more. And it s a quad-band world phone, which means you can stay connected when you travel abroad.
E-mail BlackBerry s always-on push technology sends e-mails from up to ten of your existing Internet or corporate accounts directly to your phone.
Instant Messaging Stay in touch with everyone in your circle using popular Instant Messaging applications: AOL , Yahoo! , and ICQ .
Easy typing The 7100t s innovative keypad is built for speed. Concentrate on what you re saying, not how to type it. The more you type, the faster it gets as the 7100t learns the words you use most.
Big, bold screen Read messages and browse the web on the big, bold ultra-high-resolution bright color screen.
Real Internet The web is at your fingertips. Navigate from sport scores to online shopping to driving directions, quickly and easily.
Size (L x W x D)
|4.7 x 2.3 x 0.7 inches, 11.9cm x 5.8cm x 1.9cm|
|Approx 4.3 oz / 120g|
|32MB flash memory; 4 MB SRAM|
SureType technology combines phone and QWERTY layouts.
Send, End and Convenience keys
|Large, high-resolution portrait LCD color screen (240×260)|
|Thumb-operated trackwheel and ESC key|
|32 Polyphonic ringtones, vibrate, on-screen or LED indicator|
|Intuitive icons or text-based home screen; menus|
|Integrated speaker & microphone|
Hands-free headset capable
Bluetooth hands-free headset and car kit profiles supported
|Standard: Up to 4.7 hours talk time and 8 days in standby mode|
|Password protection and keyboard lock (Additional security features available with BlackBerry Enterprise Server – find out more)|
|Quad-band: GSM 850/900; DCS 1800; PCS 1900|
Compatability (Email Integration)
|POP3/ISP; IMAP; AOL Mail; Yahoo Mail; MSN (by Microsoft ); Hotmail (by Microsoft ); Microsoft Exchange (using Outlook Web Access or the BlackBerry Mail Connector application); IBM Lotus Domino (using iNotes or the BlackBerry Mail Connector application)|
Compatability (Organizer Integration)
|Microsoft Outlook 97/98/2000/2002/2003 (XP); Microsoft Outlook Express; Microsoft Schedule+ 7.5; Microsoft Schedule+ Default; Netscape ; ACT! 4.0.2/2000/6.0; ASCII Text File Importer/Exporter; GroupWise 5.5/6.0; Lotus Notes 4.5/4.6/5.0/6.0/6.5; Lotus Organizer 5.0/6. 0|