Friday, August 5, 2011

Research in Motion Releases new BlackBerry Line-Up to Compete with Rivals: Bold 9900, Torch 9810, Torch 9850 on BlackBerry 7 OS.

In a much better attempt to compete with its rivals, Research in Motion (TSE: RIM) is releasing three new touch screen enabled phones. The biggest development is their decision to release a phone with no QWERTY keyboard at all, which looks more like many Android models. All of the new phones will run on RIM's new BlackBerry 7 operating system, and have faster processors than their predecessors.

The BlackBerry 7 OS will offer better web browsing and approximately 40 percent better performance than BlackBerry 6. The new system will surely be powerful, but investors are still waiting on the release of the QNX operating system, which should be on RIM's next models to mesh better with the user experience of the PlayBook.
The specifications for the new models are detailed below. The new Torch 9850 will be the new game changer for RIM, and should receive some initial success, and give the company and its investors some time before the release of their QNX phones.

Bold 9900

  • 2.8-inch 640×480 (VGA) screen
  • full QWERTY keyboard. 
  • 1.2GHz processor 
  • 8GB of on-board storage 
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 5MP camera that can record 720p video. 
  • NFC chip (could be used as a wireless credit card)

Torch 9810

  • 3.2-inch “high resolution” touch-screen
  • 5MP camera with autofocus and “HD” video recording
  • slide-out QWERTY keyboard. 
  • 1.2GHz processor

Torch 9850

  • 3.7-inch screen, the largest of any BlackBerry smartphone, 
  • Liquid Graphics technology
  • 1.2GHz processor
  • 4GB of internal storage
  • MicroSD
  • 5MP camera with autofocus
Importantly, the company is releasing their phones simultaneously throughout their developing markets and North America, which should lend them a sales increase and an influx of cash for new research and development. Overall, the release looks promising and investors should now wait a couple of quarters to see how earnings, and free cash flow, come in the door.

Happy Investing : )

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