Earlier on today we saw the leaked image of a possible BBX
handset from RIM, in the shape of the BlackBerry London. While that phone is
still at least eight months away, the company is still pushing forward with
current models, today launching the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and the BlackBerry
Looking at the BlackBerry Bold 9790 first, it keeps faith
with the Bold form factor of full Qwerty keyboard sitting below, in this case, a 2.44in touchscreen with a resolution of 360 x 480 pixels.
It has a 5 megapixel camera on the rear, is powered by a
1GHz processor and comes with 8GB of storage, expandable by microSD card.
The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is an all-touchscreen device with
a small 3.2in screen featuring a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels. It will also
have a 5 megapixel camera with flash on the rear.
Like the Bold 9790, the Curve 9380 will run BlackBerry OS 7
and both phones include built-in support for augmented reality and NFC.
Availability and pricing for both phones is yet to be
announced with both set to launch globally in “the coming weeks.”
As well as unveiling two new phones, Rim also took the
opportunity to announced that BBM Music was now available in the UK.
First announced at the end of August, BBM Music will allow
subscribers on BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) to access up to 50 songs and share
these playlists with their friends. Each month users will then be able to swap
out up to 25 songs from their playlists. There will be also the possibility of
offline listening on your smartphone.
The key to the service is the sharing aspect of BBM Music
meaning the more friends you have on BBM the more music you will have access
to. Announcing the availability, RIM said its subscriber base in the UK has
now passed the eight million milestone.
BBM Music will cost £4.99-a-month with the same service in
costing just $4.99 (£3.15).
Will either of the new BlackBerry devices tickle your fancy?
And is BBM Music serious competition to the likes of Spotify or is it too
expensive for the young audience the service is obviously aimed at?