Sure 2012 is coming to a close but that doesn’t mean we can’t start thinking about 2013. One of the biggest things to look for in 2013 is the new BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry 10 has been the long-awaited update for BlackBerry users and by most guesses, is probably the last chance Research in Motion (the makers of BlackBerry) has to avoid being finally killed off by Android and the iPhone. While we still have about a month until the full, official BlackBerry 10 unveiling (Research In Motion is planning a big BlackBerry 10 launch event for January 30th), thanks to some recent online leaks we now finally can see some of the rumored new BlackBerry 10 hardware. Meet the BlackBerry Z10 and X10.
The BlackBerry Z10 is the new all touch BlackBerry 10 phone, and it is loaded with many of the specs you’d expect in a top phone. Rumors say it will have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM, a 4.2 inch HD screen, 4G LTE support, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage (with a microSD card slot for adding more), and an 8 megapixel back camera with a 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat.
The X10 is kinda like the BlackBerry 10 version of the Bold 9900, and we gotta say, it actually looks pretty nice. Not much is known on the specs of the X10 but from the leaks it does appear to have a large touchscreen with that famous BlackBerry keyboard underneath.
The X10 is expected to be released a few weeks after the all touch Z10, though since RIM hasn’t yet announced either device– meaning these are for now all just rumors for now and can change– we don’t yet know when either will be available or how much they will cost.
Software wise RIM has kept things equally close to the vest, though they have shown off some new BlackBerry 10 features over the last few months. They have even posted some videos online of cool new camera features like Time Shift– which takes the milliseconds before and after you take a picture and allows you to adjust the photo after you actually take it to get the perfect shot– as well as a new touch keyboard. There have been also been rumors suggesting updates to apps like BBM to let you be able to video chat with other BBM users which would make sense as today anyone with BBM on a BlackBerry 7 phone can make free voice calls to other BBM users with an app update.
With so much however still unknown about BlackBerry 10 it remains to be seen if it will convince anyone to stick with BlackBerry instead of going to an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone. We’ll of course have you covered on everything Research In Motion unveils at their BlackBerry 10 event on January 30th. In the meantime, what do you think of these new phones– do they make you want a BlackBerry 10 device to be your next phone, or is it too little too late and you’re going to go with something else instead?
Videos of the new keyboard and camera, as well as a couple more pictures of the Z10 and X10 (including a possible sighting of a BlackBerry 10 Curve– it’s the white phone next to the X10 and Z10), are after the break.
It’s no Droid Bionic, iPhone 4S or Bold 9930, but if you’re on Verizon and want a smartphone mainly for things like Facebook and BBM this is the perfect phone and deal for you. Verizon is now offering an online only deal for the BlackBerry Curve 9330 where you can get the Curve 9330 for just $50 with new 2 year contract and data plan– but the data plan is only $10 a month.
Now this $10 a month only gets you 75 MB of data a month so you pretty much shouldn’t watch any YouTube over 3G (though you can watch over WiFi), but it is more than enough for things like BBM (even if you send several thousand a month), checking Facebook and email(but not download a ton of pictures), and browsing the web for scores. If you want to watch YouTube or do a lot of Facebook from your phone then you could always get Verizon’s larger 2 GB data plan, though that will cost you $30 a month (and if you’re already paying for that we’d recommend getting one of those above phones instead of this).
This deal looks to only be available for the Curve 9330, but if you’re looking for a new Verizon BlackBerry and really only need Facebook and BBM you should definitely check this out.
More info: Verizon
We recently got a chance to spend a few minutes with the latest BlackBerry Torch 4G, and to say we were impressed would be a major understatement. We’re gonna get right to it– this is everything the first Torch should’ve been (yeah, it’s that good).
On the first Torch things were slow, it froze a ton, and the screen just looked downright pathetic next to top phones like the EVO 4G and iPhone 4. And while this new Torch isn’t necessarily better than the iPhone 4 or Infuse 4G, it’s now much closer and without a doubt in our minds the best BlackBerry available today on AT&T (well, at least until the Bold 9900 finally comes out).
Verizon BlackBerry users here is the news you’ve been waiting for: the Bold 9930 (aka the Bold Touch) is now finally available for you to order from Verizon for $250 with a new 2 year contract and data plan.
Specs wise the Verizon Bold 9930 comes with pretty much everything we expected: a 1.2 GHZ processor with 768 MB of RAM (so everything from BBMing to browsing the web is much faster), 5 megapixel back camera with the ability to take 720p HD video (there is no front camera for video chat), the latest and greatest BlackBerry 7 OS, and that awesome BlackBerry keyboard underneath that 2.8 inch multi-touch screen. Unfortunately, like Sprint’s Bold 9930 this Verizon Bold 9930 is also 3G-only which means you can’t use it on Verizon’s superfast 4G LTE network (something we were hoping Verizon would sneak in particularly since it’s a pretty expensive $250 on 2 year contract). For the full recap of what’s in this new Bold see our previous post here.
Basically, if you’re on Verizon and looking for a new BlackBerry for school this year, this is the one you’ve been waiting for.
More info: Verizon
Following AT&T’s kickoff announcement earlier today of new BlackBerrys coming to their network this year, Sprint has decided to join in the new BlackBerry fun as well. That’s right, new BlackBerrys are also coming to Sprint later this year– or to be more specific, the Bold 9930 (aka Bold Touch) and Torch 9850 (the Sprint version of the all touchscreen Torch 9860) are on their ways to Sprint.
The specs of both the Bold 9930 and Torch 9860 are pretty much the same as the AT&T versions. Both have 1.2 GHZ processors with 768 MB of RAM (for speed), 5 megapixel back cameras with the ability to take 720p HD video (neither have front cameras for video chat), run the latest and greatest BlackBerry 7 OS, and both have support for Sprint’s 3G network (sorry, no 4G here. On the bright side they both have SIM card slots for use whenever you take that semester abroad). The main differences between the Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 are that the Bold Touch has a 2.8 inch touchscreen with full BlackBerry keyboard underneath (and support for NFC, or the ability to use your phone as your credit card), while the Torch replaces that bottom keyboard for an all touchscreen design with a much larger 3.7 inch screen.
Like AT&T, Sprint sadly hasn’t said anything about price or an exact release, instead saying those details will be announced “closer to availability.”
So, Sprint BlackBerry users, which new BlackBerry are you gonna get?
AT&T Goes BlackBerry Crazy: Bold 9900, Torch 4G 9810 and Torch 9860 All Coming To AT&T Later This Year
Well it’s about time. Remember that Torch 4G 9810 that leaked on AT&T’s site earlier this morning? Well, it’s now officially official and it’s just one of three 4G BlackBerrys AT&T is planning on launching over the rest of the year (spoiler: the Bold Touch 9900 is one of them!).
So what are you waiting for? Read on!
It’s not the Bold Touch 9900, but it finally looks like some of those once rumored new BlackBerrys are finally on their way to being released. The pic you see above is the next generation of the BlackBerry Torch, the BlackBerry Torch 4G 9810, taken from AT&T’s site.
Since AT&T or RIM (the makers of BlackBerry) haven’t officially announced this yet we’re not 100% sure on all the new improvements the Torch 4G will have over the original Torch. We do though know that it will be much faster (thanks to a much more powerful 1.2 GHZ processor), record 720p HD video with its back camera (which means that it’s at least 5 megapixels), have 8 GB of built-in storage (with support for another 32 GB through microSD), run the latest and greatest BlackBerry 7 OS (like on the Bold Touch 9900. BlackBerry 7 features a ton of improvements like the latest BBM 6, better graphics and browser, and an improved touchscreen keyboard for when you don’t want to use that slide-out BlackBerry keyboard), and pack support for AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network.
No word on price or an exact release date, but with BlackBerry hosting their Fan Night event in Toronto tonight (an event which was teased to be bringing new BlackBerrys last week), let’s hope that we’ll finally find out more very soon.
More pix of the Torch 4G 9810 after the break.
Info via AT&T
So T-Mobile users– you’ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of weeks/months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what T-Mobile’s got planned during those next few weeks or months so you don’t go out and buy something only to really regret it a week later. We’re here to help. While not all of these are confirmed to be coming to T-Mobile (some are just our best guesses based on rumors we’ve been hearing), here are 5 phones that are said to be on their way to T-Mobile that anyone with an upgrade should be really excited for (and trust us– they’re really good).
So Verizon users– you’ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what Verizon’s got planned during the next few weeks or months so you don’t go out and buy something only to really regret it a week later. We’re here to help. While not all of these are confirmed to be coming to Verizon (some are just our best guesses based on rumors we’ve been hearing), here are 5 phones that are said to be on their way to Verizon that if you have an upgrade should be really excited for.