UPDATE: RIM introduces the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G
The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 is of course a sequel to the highly-successful high-end smartphone, which will combine both UMTS and EV-DO Rev. A connectivity, along with Wi-Fi 802.11b/g for ultimate flexibility when it comes to OTA data transfers. The Bold 9650 will also sport a 3.2MP camera and GPS. According to the source, it will become available with Sprint as early as next month, but we have also seen proof it will make an appearance with Verizon's logo as well.
The other new handset, the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G, of which we've also seen a lot of rumors, is on its way to Canada through TELUS and Rogers. No word on U.S. availability for the Pearl 3G as of now. However, the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G will have Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n for blazing fast data connection where a hotspot is available and will also sport a 3.2MP camera and GPS.
As you see, RIM is keeping the information pretty scarce right now, but we hope to know more details soon enough.
UPDATE: Sprint has just come up with an official statement, confirming that it will be offering the BlackBerry Bold 9650, starting May 23. Check out this excerpt from the press-release:
"The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone will be available for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement, after a $100 mail-in rebate (taxes & surcharges excluded). It can be purchased in all other Sprint sales channels, including Web sales (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), Sprint Business Sales, Sprint stores, national retailers and third-party dealers, Sunday, May 23."
RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 Specifications
RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Specifications
source: TheStreet and Sprint
1. snakemann (Posts: 50; Member since: 17 Apr 2008)
Coolness. I guess i have found my sister's bday gift...
2. sprintguy09 (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Apr 2010)
This Bold is a Tour with a Trackpad come on man
3. Osukaru (Posts: 68; Member since: 02 Jul 2008)
wow stating the obvious much? Or is the Tour a Bold without a Trackpad..... Dun dun dun!
4. Gawain (Posts: 367; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
...with WiFi, and double the flash memory of the 9700. ;-)
5. sprintguy09 (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Apr 2010)
Im looking in out system now and I see nothing on it but knowing sprint it will be in the system last min
7. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)
Does anybody know if the processor changed from the Tour?
9. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
I wouldnt say Blackberry is out...just not as multimedia driven like Android. Blackberry is still a business phone powerhouse. If they start using the webkit technology similar to what Android uses for their ridiculously slow browser that would make Blackberry a pretty strong force in the smartphone arena even though their app catalog is small.
10. jrcrow79 (Posts: 477; Member since: 02 May 2008)
this is all nothing special guys...wait til they have the flash enabled device..problem has always been these junkberries have never been fast enough to handle flash