SlashGear is in New York this morning for RIM's BlackBerry event, and if you ever doubted how much we love you then hopefully our presence in this roughly 200-strong queue of people waiting to get in is evidence enough. Top of the agenda today is likely to be BlackBerry OS 6, but we're also expecting the BlackBerry Torch 9800 to make its debut, a touchscreen slider with a full QWERTY keyboard.
In just under two hours time we're expecting RIM to announce their new BlackBerry 9800 slider alongside BlackBerry OS 6 in New York - our own Vincent Nguyen will be bringing us all the news from the event - but there's the thorny issue of FCC approval to be navigated before the smartphone can go on sale. Engadget spotted a "BlackBerry smartphone model RCY71UW" clearing the FCC earlier, and after some mild Photoshoppery discovered that the wireframe matches up with leaked 9800 prototypes.
That gives us a list of wireless specs to go from, including Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1900 and UMTS II (1900) and V (850), together with GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800 MHz bands and UMTS I (2100) bands for international users.
At Apple's event the other day, Steve Jobs went out of his way to tell the world, or at least everyone watching, why the iPhone 4 has been suffering from signal issues. And he did a good job of it, too. In fact, he did such a good job, that he actually managed to drag just about every phone manufacturer on the planet into the ring with him, and explain that it's not just an iPhone, or an Apple problem, but an industry-wide situation that someone (like an engineer at Apple, for instance) needs to figure out, pronto. Of course, those manufacturers didn't take this lightly, and we've heard from just about everyone that was called out by name by now. One of them, Research In Motion, was quick to say that they don't suffer the same issues. But, apparently they spoke too soon.
It's BlackBerry leak time again, and today it's a trio of new RIM devices that have made their way in video form to Salomondrin. His anonymous tipster has sent hands-on overviews of the BlackBerry 9670 Clamshell, BlackBerry 9800 Slider and the BlackBerry 9300 (which basically adds 3G to the 8520).
We have seen leaks and lots of other information about the Blackberry Bold 9800 Slider already. Back in May, we saw the device in some pics sporting its WebKit browser and Blackberry 6 OS. Some of the images that have been floating around online even have the Bold name printed on the handset.
After catching sight of the BlackBerry 9800 Slider running OS 6 the other day, it seems it's time for RIM's clamshell to be caught in the wild again by The Cellular Guru. The BlackBerry 9670, as it's expected to be called, is certainly distinctive, and its looks are polarising opinion among the RIM faithful.
RIM has been a pretty leaky sieve lately, what with all the news and hardware shots of their apparently upcoming slider device spilling out, but has someone accidentally let BlackBerry OS 6.0 out of the bag? According to BBLeaks you're looking at two screenshots of RIM's next-gen OS, and one of their best tipsters reckons they're legitimate.
Sure enough, here's the invite. Research In Motion and AT&T are apparently teaming up to bring some big news to the industry, and they've chosen their date, along with the early morning hours of that date, to break the news. Unfortunately, unlike past invites to other events, this one doesn't give us any clues as to what may be getting announced come August 3rd. But, we've got our guesses.
Windows Phone 8.1 is no point update. In fact, if it wasn’t so keen on keeping in naming step with Windows on the desktop, Microsoft could probably have called its new smartphone OS version something more impressive: what started out as an aim to bring the virtual assistant Cortana and the useful Action Center to the platform blossomed in the process to include a whole flurry of tweaks and additions. Question is, has Windows Phone kept its crisp, clean charms while still gaining abilities? We’ve been in deep with the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview; read on for our impressions.
If you've been paying attention to the smartphone market over the past few months, you've likely noticed a miniature trend: small versions of hero phones released with the name "mini" attached. Here we're seeing a glimpse of a device that would shadow both the Sony Xperia Z and the still-unconfirmed Sony Xperia i1, aka Honami. This little beast is code-named Honami mini.