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    RIM Announces Bold 9650


    It's not like the 9650 has been as illusive as Sasquatch or the Loch Ness Monster. We have all known the device has been in the works for a very long time. But the day has come and RIM has officially announced the device is expected to launch this May.

    The 9650, sporting it's new Bold family designation, is a CDMA device with support for GSM/HSPA use when traveling outside of
    North America. The 9650 also features an optical trackpad like all of the most recent BlackBerry models. Like the Storm 2, the 9650 is a CDMA device that includes Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g). As an added bonus the 9650 includes a 2GB microSD card and supports up to 32GB microSDHC cards.

    For more information on the 9650 check out the full press release in the discussion forum link below.

    So, you may be asking yourself, "Why is the 9650 the Bigfoot is holding in the photo above so clear when the rest of the image is so fuzzy?" Well the answer is quite simple ... the shear awesomeness of the device just won't allow for it to appear all blurred and fuzzy. That's my answer and I'm sticking to it. If you have your own theory as to why the 9650 is completely clear in the above photo share it in the discussion forum at the link below. We're sure your theory has nothing to do with the fact that I suck at Photoshop.

    April 26, 2010




    RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone


    CDMA customers get a bold new choice with powerhouse 3G smartphone that offers premium features and performance together with popular keyboard and trackpad, as well as support for Wi-Fi and high-speed 3G networks around the world


    Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 smartphone – the latest addition to the BlackBerry Bold portfolio of premium smartphones. Sophisticated, powerful and feature-rich, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a global smartphone for CDMA customers who want to stay connected, productive and entertained.


    “The new BlackBerry Bold 9650 is an extraordinary smartphone that we think customers will love,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “Whether at work or at play, the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 offers a truly impressive communications, multimedia and connectivity experience.”


    The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone supports 3G (EVDO) networks in North America and (HSPA/UMTS) abroad and has a full-QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad and built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g), which makes it possible to talk on the phone while browsing the web or sending and receiving email. The BlackBerry Bold 9650 also includes 512 MB Flash memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB microSDHC cards, with a 2 GB card included.


    The BlackBerry Bold 9650 fuses form and function in a striking design and, in addition to providing premium phone and multimedia features, it of course delivers the industry’s leading mobile solution for email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and social networking.


    Other key features of the BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone include:



    • Stylish design (4.4” x 2.4” x .56” and 4.8 oz.) with glossy black finish and chrome highlights
    • Large (2.44”) high-resolution display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi), able to display pictures, videos and web pages with impressive contrast and detail
    • 3.2 MP camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, autofocus and video recording
    • Advanced media player for videos, pictures and music, a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and support for the Bluetooth® Stereo Audio Profile (A2DP/AVCRP)
    • BlackBerry® Media Sync for easily syncing photos as well as iTunes® and Windows Media® Player music with the smartphone*
    • Easy mobile access to Facebook®, MySpace and Flickr®, as well as popular instant messaging services including BlackBerry® Messenger
    • Support for BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones
    • Full HTML web browser, streaming audio and video via RTSP
    • Built-in GPS with support for geotagging, BlackBerry® Maps and other mapping applications
    • Premium phone features including voice activated dialing, speakerphone, and Bluetooth (2.1).
    • Support for high-speed EV-DO Rev. A networks in North America, as well as UMTS/HSPA (2100Mhz) and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks abroad
    • Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery for 5 hours of CDMA talk time



    The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone is expected to be available from carriers in the United States beginning in May. For more information visit www.blackberry.com/bold.


    Editors: Additional content, including video, spec sheet and images, is available in RIM's online newsroom: www.rim.com/newsroom/media/gallery.


    * Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies. Photo syncing is currently only available for Windows-based PCs.


    About Research In Motion (RIM)
    Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit RIM Company - Learn about Research In Motion or Smartphones, Cell Phones & Smart Phones at BlackBerry.com.


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    Investor Contact:
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    519-888-7465


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    Well....
    That's it folks. Looking very likely that all devices from here on out will be sporting the 512MB Flash Memory.

    Glad to see that the CDMA device is the first to carry this upgrade.

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    About time! But it should have had exact launch dates if you ask me.

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    Any details on the processor speed? I haven't seen it anywhere. I'm hoping for an upgrade along with the memory.

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    Sprint Launching the BlackBerry Bold 9650 May 23


    Well that didn't take long. Just over an hour ago RIM officially announced the BlackBerry Bold 9650 that will be coming to Sprint and Verizon. It looks like Sprint has stolen some of Verizon's thunder by announcing their launch date for the device with pricing. Sprint will launch the Bold 9650 on May 23 for just $199.99 on a new 2 year contract, after you send in a $100 mail in rebate. No need for us to go over all the details of the Bold 9650 again, just check out the official announcement we posted from WES 2010. Anyone taking bets on when Verizon will announce their launch date? They seem to be as slow as a tortoise releasing anything lately.


    Here's a shot of the Sprint 9650 from WES.

    Last edited by sunkast; 04-26-2010 at 09:15 AM.

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    Yup, I'll bite. Have to wait till July though so I can get my new customer pricing. Thank goodness for Sprint Premiere 1 year upgrades! Be an expensive summer though as I have to pick up the HTC 4G EVO as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbone15 View Post
    Any details on the processor speed? I haven't seen it anywhere. I'm hoping for an upgrade along with the memory.
    Found this but it looks to be a little dated.

    Detailed Technical Specifications of RIM BlackBerry Tour 2 9650 / Bold 9650 (RIM Essex)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MePascal View Post
    Thanks Mike. Yeah this seems dated as it still has 256mb listed for memory. Hopefully someone will find out soon. I really want this to be as powerful as the 9700 if not faster (9700 and 9000 has 624mhz).

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    I read it as saying that it had an overall rating of 512MB of memory.
    256MB for the Ram and 256MB for the ROM which in combination would makeup the 512MB for this device.

    I don't know of any other QualComm Chipset that is CDMA supported and past the MSM7600 features.

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    Im thinking the processor is the same as the Tour. Although they gave the Bold 9650 a memory bump, dont expect too many revolutionary things.
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    anyone know if there's a comparable phone coming for AT&T?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vecharo View Post
    anyone know if there's a comparable phone coming for AT&T?
    Yes. It's already on the market. Bold 9700.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbone15 View Post
    Yes. It's already on the market. Bold 9700.
    Bold slider may possibly come out for ATT as well
    Last edited by sunkast; 04-30-2010 at 03:02 PM.
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