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BlackBerry 9700 to get minor hardware refresh in the near future?

Get out your salt shakers folks. It’s that time again. Today’s grain-o-salt rumor revolves around the BlackBerry 9700. Specifically, a refresh of the 9700. From what can be gathered at this point, it looks like the refresh will be extremely minor — a bump up to 512MB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera, and OS 6.0 on board.

Granted, the jump from 256MB to 512MB is large jump in the smartphone world. Though it’s the rest of the hardware (and BlackBerry OS overall) that doesn’t necessarily make the best of all that power. Still, for someone who’s looking at picking up a 9700, perhaps it’ll be worth your while to hold off a bit longer. We’ll see what comes of this.

Would the aforementioned hardware and software changes keep you from upgrading?

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The White Knight BlackBerry Bold coming October 18th. Will anyone buy it?

Seen the pictures of the White BlackBerry Bold floating around? It looks might sexy indeed. This White Knight of sorts has a release date of October 18th — just a few days away. But I have to ask, is anyone really going to buy it? With the Onyx coming out a mere handful of days after this White Bold, it seems like a waste of resources and marketing if you ask me. Not to mention, spec for spec and looks considered, the 9700/Onyx is a much more refined and wholly more attractive Berry. The only reason I can see someone choosing the now old Bold over the Onyx is (1) simply for the white color and (2) for the Bold’s slightly wider, larger screen.

Even though the Bold’s screen is larger, the Onyx has a higher resolution screen. But since the displays we’re talking about here are measured in single digit inches, the minor differences in size and resolution are negligible. Perhaps RIM should have skipped trying to milk old hardware for everything its worth and instead released both a black and white version of the upcoming 9700/Onyx hmm? So the question stands:

  • Who’s going to buy a White BlackBerry Bold over the new 9700/Onyx?

Sound off in the comment section.


T-Mobile USA BlackBerry Onyx/Bold/9700 gets official picture

Even though we in nerd land all know that a T-Mobile branded BlackBerry 9700/Bold/Onyx exists and is coming to the US, GSM based carrier, unofficial official confirmation is always a nice thing to have before laying your pretty little heads down for a restful slumber. The unofficial confirmation comes by way of Al Sacco of CIO and a not so secret little email from TMO USA PR which stated:

The BlackBerry ‘Onyx’ sports a premium experience and design with a high-gloss black finish and leather grain detail on the back. Boasting features such as high-speed 3G Web browsing, Wi-Fi calling, visual voicemail and support for corporate and personal e-mail options, the ‘Onyx’ will satisfy all your on-the-go needs. Also the phone comes preloaded with mobile applications from BlackBerry App World, including Amazon MP3 store for quick and easy music downloads and TeleNav GPS Navigator for turn-by-turn directions.

As you can see, the 9700 isn’t officially called a Bold. Maybe it won’t ever be and will continue on with the Onyx moniker. Regardless, this just gives even more weight to an eventual 9700 release on America’s lesser GSM giant. Yay?

Source: Berry Review

This Thanksgiving, have a turkey and a BlackBerry 9700

The wait for a 3G BlackBerry on T-Mobile USA has been a long, long, long road. Watching carrier after carrier steal all of the good speedy devices can certainly become discrouraging after many cold shoulders. However, TMO USA users caught a second wind when it was announced that an upcoming version of the Onyx, the BlackBerry 9700 would be coming to T-Mobile — with 3G no less! Building upon those previous known tidbits, a claimed reliable source to TMO news is reporting that the TMO 3G toting BlackBerry 9700 could be coming as early as the first week of November. Now, since that is still two months out, and the fact that this date isn’t set in stone or verified by any major parties means the legitimacy is up in the air. Still, it gives TMO users a reason to stick around just a tad longer. Bouncing off the walls yet?

Source: TMO News

Stock BlackBerry 9700 (OS Wallpapers inside!

Many BlackBerry users, especially the geek and tinkers in the world love the ability to fully customize their BlackBerries with custom themes, wallpapers, and sounds. Building on that addiciton, the BlackBerry 9700 that is slated for release in just a few short weeks is no doubt the most lusted BlackBerry to date. One particular feature that many Berry users are clamoring for currently are copies of the wallpapers (shown on commercials) that are included in the new OS that ships with the 9700. Often times, finding such new and niche things can be a chore on the vast expanse of the web. However, thanks to Benezblog (Google translated), all BlackBerry users can get an early start on the new hotness. If you want to cash in on the new wallpaper eye candy, step inside and start the download madness! (11 New wallpapers inside)

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RIM adding full flash and silverlight to BB Browser. BB 9700 coming to AT&T in time for Black Friday!

Without any filler or hesitation, there are two big pieces of information that all of the CrackBerry addicts out in internet land need to know:

  • First: RIM is planning on adding FULL Flash and SilverLight support into the BlackBerry browser. Now, re-read that…planned is the keyword. According to various BGR insiders with seeds planted inside of RIM, next summer appears to be the rough guestemation date of a possible release on said support. As has been mentioned before in regards to full mobile flash support, RIM is working on beefier BlackBerries with higher spec’d internals in order to pull off the mobile eye candy tango. A second crucial piece in the trek to full Flash/SilverLight is the need for not only beefier hardware but also the need for higher speed data services…(ahem) LTE/HSPA/4G…you may step forward now. The same insiders say RIM has already achieved successful tests with data speeds ranging in the 10Mbps range in RIM labs with lab equipment and test networks. Again, all they’re waiting on now is those same speedy networks to make their way outside. Whew! 10Mbps wireless data speeds…sweet!
  • Second: The BlackBerry 9700/Bold/Onyx will debut just in time for Black Friday if internal AT&T testing goes as planned *fingers crossed*. For those of you looking to upgrade your less than new BlackBerry to the trackball-less, touch pad rockin’ new hotness don’t have too much longer to wait.

Hey, at least you know a time frame now right? Who can’t wait for the mercury to drop and the Berries to start flyin’?

Source: BGR

T-Mobile branded BlackBerry 9700 reveals itself to the camera

This week is already starting to be a rather BlackBerry/RIM heavy week. This morning the news concerning the Canadian born gadgets features the newly re-numbered 9700. Kevin from CrackBerry was oh so lucky enough to actually spot a T-Mobile branded BlackBerry Bold 9700 cruising around the airport in NY and was even able to get a quick picture in. From the picture we can see that the trackpad has in fact made its way to the high end of RIM’s product line and not a moment too soon I may add. Never again will you have to waste countless hours over the course of your Berry’s life taking the trackball apart to clean out microscopic particles of matter. Finally T-Mobile can enjoy their 3G BlackBerry goodness. Hopefully you either passed on the 8900 and 8520 or have enough clams to buy another BlackBerry. Are you foaming at the mouth yet? (Bigger pic right inside).

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BlackBerry Bold 9020/Onyx/now 9700 gets official Bold branding

The confusion and alphabet/numerical soup that has so far graced the BlackBerry Bold 9020 9700 can be laid to rest. Pictures of the new Blackberry Onyx leaked with the “Bold” branding have surfaced giving Crack addicts something more solid to gravitate towards. So far the Onyx has gone through a bevy of physical changes on it’s track to becoming the 9700 including a trackball-to-track pad change, the whole issue revolving around the 9020/9700 numbering (I realize this isn’t physical), a battery door swap, and finally the inclusion of Bold branding smack dab in the middle of the top back of the device. Current Bold owners may not feel the need to switch as the Onyx doesn’t have that many new features over the Bold save for upgraded RAM (256 vs. the Bold 9000′s 128), slimmed down keypad, higher resolution screen, and newer styling. One potential drawback for some will be the smaller screen. While the resolution is higher on the Bold 9700, it is slightly narrower than the Bold’s screen which may be a problem for some. Whether or not this will sway some users to hold off remains to be seen. Regardless, the Onyx/Bold 9700 is shaping up to be quite the king of the crop BlackBerry. Are you already preparing your eBay listing for your now old and not so attractive Berry?

Source: Into Mobile, CrackBerry Forums

BlackBerry 9020 gets more Bold

Following the rally cry of the bottom end BlackBerry business with the up coming, wifi equipped BlackBerry 8350 for Verizon, we will now venture towards the cream of the crop top end with it’s premium features, more sophisticated looks, and equally top end price tags. The new up and coming top-o-the-line BlackBerry which for several weeks now has been called a variety of things is finally getting its own identity. Many classified it as in the same model line as the Bold with all of its high end features and all. However, others, because of its smaller size relative to the Big Papa Bold wanted to classify it as something else. The Bold as you may recall is pretty much on an island by itself when it comes to styling. So far, every Berry with the newer face job has taken cues from the Bold, but has not directly copied it into smaller proportions. If you were in the camp that called the Onyx/9020 a Bold model, you can pat yourselves on the back as it is becoming more apparent that this is in fact a valid statement. Want some extra proof?

The good folks over at Feed Berry have managed to snag a 9020 with a bling-a-rific faux leather battery door. (So is that 5 or 6 completely different battery doors RIM is now making?). Some love the faux leather look and deem it classy and sophisticated while others look at it as if it were ripped from the walmart toy isle. To each his own. I’m rather neutral on the subject. To me it looks nicer than plain plastic, but I know it’s not real…which detracts from the hole “premium” image they’re trying to market. Still, the evidence is building that we are in fact looking at a Bold replacement and not a partner. Now if they could manage to cram the Bold’s wider screen onto these narrow berries…

Source: CrackBerry