RIM Preparing Important New BlackBerry

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Information leaking out of Research In Motion (RIM) indicates that this company is preparing to release its most important new product since the debut of the first BlackBerry smartphone last year.

According to BBHub.com, the BlackBerry 8700 will be a significantly improved version of RIM’s cellular-wireless handhelds.

Of course, it will run this company’s proprietary operating system, but this version will include a number of user interface improvements and updated versions of its web browser and other software applications.

Intel Inside?

The 8700 will supposedly use a 312 MHz processor, but it is not known yet what type this will be. RIM announced yesterday that it is switching to Intel XScale processors.

If this is an Intel chip, then it will indicate that this handheld will support EDGE 2.5G wireless networking, making it the first BlackBerry to do so.

It will reportedly have 16 MB of RAM and 64 MB of Flash memory for additional storage. However, it still is not expected to have a memory card slot, as virtually every other handheld and smartphone does.

BlackBerry 8700 Its look will be reminiscent of previous BlackBerries, but will have an updated look and a thinner shape.

Bluetooth 2.0

RIM recently received approval from The Bluetooth Qualification Program to release a BlackBerry with Bluetooth 2.0.

It is not known yet whether this is the 8700, but it could be.

The latest version of this short-range wireless networking standard offers faster data transfer speeds while using less power than the one commonly being used now.

Pricing and Availability

While not alluding directly to the 8700, in a conference call yesterday, RIM’s co-CEO Jim Balsillie said that his company will introduce new hardware “in late October and early November.”

It is not known yet what this cellular-wireless handheld will cost.

Thanks to Steve Co and cecina for the tips.

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