RIM officially announces the BlackBerry Bold and a $150 million development fund

RIM officially announces the BlackBerry Bold and a $150 million development fund

Summary: There have been rumors of a new BlackBerry design, often labeled the BlackBerry 9000 series, and today RIM posted the official announcement of the BlackBerry Bold smartphone that will be coming this Summer to a carrier near you. RIM also announced a US$150 million mobile applications and services development fund similar to what Apple has done with its developer fund a few months ago. RIM is serious about the smartphone market and isn't about to give up to Apple, Microsoft, or Nokia anytime soon.

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RIM officially announces the BlackBerry Bold and a $150 million development fundThere have been rumors of a new BlackBerry design, often labeled the BlackBerry 9000 series, and today RIM posted the official announcement of the BlackBerry Bold smartphone that will be coming this Summer to a carrier near you. RIM also announced a US$150 million mobile applications and services development fund similar to what Apple has done with its developer fund a few months ago. RIM is serious about the smartphone market and isn't about to give up to Apple, Microsoft, or Nokia anytime soon.

The upcoming BlackBerry Bold smartphone (aka 9000 series) will support tri-band HSDPA networks and include integrated GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth radios. This baby will run with a speedy 624MHz processor and include 128MB Flash and 1GB on-board storage capacity, along with a microSD slot. The display is 480x320 high resolution and is not a touch display as some rumors stated. A major weakness with BlackBerry devices has been the web browser, but the press release states that this new browswer will support full desktop-style HTML and also allow streaming via RTSP - real-time streaming protocol. The device features a 2 megapixel camera with integrated flash. 5x digitial zoom is also supported, but I pretty much write off digitial zooming so this number means very little to me.

There was no pricing, release dates (only this summer), or carriers stated in the press release, but The Boy Genius Report stated it will be coming to AT&T first with a 1700 MHz model for T-Mobile following after.

RIM also announced a US$150 million venture capital fund for mobile applications and services. As stated in the press release, the BlackBerry Partners Fund is being formed to focus on applications and services for the BlackBerry platform and other mobile platforms including mobile commerce (payments, advertising, retailing and banking), vertical and horizontal enterprise applications, communications, social networking, location-based applications and services (navigation and mapping), media and entertainment, and lifestyle and personal productivity applications. There isn't much more information provided on the fund, but an email address/hyperlink is given on the site to recieve more information.

Topics: BlackBerry, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • I guess in one fashion or another the iPhone has

    made an impact on the entire industry. Still kind of a small
    screen.

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn
    • Same screen resolution as an iPhone.

      (nt)
      M Wagner
      • ... but still smaller. [nt]

        [nt]
        olePigeon
      • Resolution does not equal "size" or volume does it?

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
        • The same argument was given by iPod users against Zune v1

          Hey! The screen is bigger but it's the same
          resolution as the iPod which is smaller.
          Nevermind about squinting.

          Now, it's ironic that when the situation is
          reversed, resolution does not matter anymore but
          size! Unbelievable
          markbn
      • Resolution does not equal

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
  • RE: RIM officially announces the BlackBerry Bold and a $150 million development fund

    I'm glad to see RIM isn't abandoning the real keyboard because that's the biggest functional difference between it and the iPhone or other screen-only input systems, or even the tilt or slide-away keyboards. The blackberry is still the one I can use "blind" or with one hand, or while doing something else, or while walking, etc. The other ones require two hands or a stylus and that impacts my productivity.
    whallify
    • By "etc" I hope you don't mean driving!?!

      Maybe it's me but I hope never to be that busy. I don't know
      about anyone else but I find this while concept of
      multitasking to be a bit like the Jack of all trades master of
      none saying. Sure anyone can do several things at once but
      is any of them done as well as can be done?

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
  • RE: RIM officially announces the BlackBerry Bold and a $150 million develop

    The only thing missing on my Titanium is video, which I tend to use a lot. Any plans there?
    q94040@...
    • Firmware update should provide video

      From what I have read on different BlackBerry forums you should be able to upgrade some existing BlackBerry models (particularly the Pearl and Curve) with the new firmware that will provide video capability. I don't know when the firmware will be released.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • RE: RIM officially announces the BlackBerry Bold and a $150 million development fund

    Since ATT has bene slow to get its HSDPA network rolled out in the USA, it doesn't matter too much. Call me when it is on EvDO Rev A and we can talk.
    M Wagner
    • Not being able to unlock the phone keeps me away from CDMA...

      Not being able to unlock the phone keeps me away from
      CDMA. Apparently there are now ways to "unlock" a CDMA
      cell phone, but not in the same sense as a GSM. They
      generally still won't work outside of the U.S.
      olePigeon
      • Why do they not get it?

        Add capacity to win....period. I have both a blackberry 8830 (work) and Palm Centro(personal)... The only thing really lacking is capacity. I still have my iPod because it holds 60GB. Palm and RIM both need to stop and think 30GB, 60GB, 100GB capacity units. This way we can actually store the media on the device.

        Secondly, CDMA is the only way to go here in the US the GSM carriers are all crippled here. They just plain flat out do not have the towers and power to offer the same quality of service. It is ok to offer a World Phone like my 8830 is where it works as GSM elsewhere and CDMA on verizon here in the US. In fact, I recommend doing just that so the phone can be offered on all carriers.
        notlehs
  • Still needs middleware...

    Blackberries are, excuse me... SHOULD be good phones. The only thing holding them back is the stark requirement for middleware applications to support any decent collaboration attempts with them. Even Apple got smart and support Exchange connectivity over the air with no extra applications or special needs between the phone and the e-mail server in it's up-coming version for the iPhone. What's wrong with Blackberry in doing this?
    Narg
  • RE: RIM officially announces the BlackBerry Bold and a $150 million develop

    Sleek but I need something that will be enabled for dual sim personalities and CDMA in Japan, so I don't have to LOOK like a geek when traveling internationally for work in Asia. Come on BB! Make it happen.
    riadoc
  • RE: RIM officially announces the BlackBerry Bold and a $150 million develop

    Methinks this is about performance. Research in Motion is all about being smart about when to push data, when to pull and when to package up data so that the phone has less to download and less processing crunch to get through. Buttoning up a blackberry to a standard exchange server would throw all that to the wind.

    That said, if you really want to connect to an exchange server so badly that you don't care about bandwidth or performance hits you should be able to.
    SpatsnHats