BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion hopes a series of new smartphones will snap the company out of a serious rut thats seen it lose serious market share over the past year or more.
The Canada-based company, which has been synonymous with business-related mobile handsets over the years, has only teased us in recent weeks about new devices, all of which are expected to run on BlackBerry 7, the latest update to the companys smartphone operating system. But a device roadmap” leaked to Boy Genius reportedly by a source at Telus gives BlackBerry fans reasons to get excited. August could be a big month for the device-maker.
An internal document shared with the tech site shows a number of release dates for upcoming BlackBerrys. Of course, theres a catch: This is for Canada. But it stands to reason that U.S. release dates would be on or close to those in the Great White North.
First up this month, the document shows, is the highly anticipated BlackBerry Bold 9900, the first in the Bold series to feature both a touchscreen (2.8 inches) and a physical keyboard. Its expected to come with 768MB of RAM, 8GB of built-in memory, NFC support for mobile payments and a 5MP camera. Another leak posted by Phone Arena predicts T-Mobile USA customers will have to wait a couple of weeks longer to get the new Bold on Aug. 31.
RIM is following up the original BlackBerry Torch, which did modest sales depending on whom you ask with the Torch 2. The leaked document also shows Telus will debut the device on Aug. 15. And a full touchscreen version of the Torch (the 9860) is supposed to be available on Aug. 22. The newest Curve, the BlackBerry Apollo, goes on sale Aug. 29, the document shows.
RIM will back those releases up with a handful of additional devices in October, and theyll need em, considering theres a lot of competition out there. The iPhone 5, Motorola Droid Bionic and Samsung Galaxy S II are all expected to make their North American debuts in the next couple of months. RIM has really struggled to keep up with the iPhone and Android-based handsets, which have established themselves not only in the consumer market, but have also shown increasing strength in the enterprise market.