CrackBerry has found the leaked BlackBerry 6 OS for BlackBerry Bold 9700 users. If you’re using one and can’t wait for the official release, here’s your chance to get a taste of BlackBerry 6. The version they have gotten is OS 188.8.131.524.
Please note that leaked OS are unofficial and it is only for those who know exactly what they are doing. We’re not responsible if you bricked your BlackBerry or if anything goes wrong. Do check out the ongoing discussion thread at Crackberry for more details.
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iSuppli Corp a research company has torn down a Blackberry Torch to find out what goes inside and how much does it cost. A long list of components had came up to $171.05. Add that with an estimated $12 cost to manufacture, the Torch costs $183.05 to roll out from the factory.
In the tear down, apart from a new GPS IC from CSR, most of other components are similar or virtually identical to previous Blackberry such as the Bold 9700. The touch screen display is reported to be similar as the BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 and it shares the same accelerometer as well.
When it comes to component costs, the most expensive was the 3.2″ 480×360 touch screen LCD which came up to $34.85. The next expensive was the memory subsystem at $34.25 followed by the circuit board and enclosure plastics at $23.35.
If you want to know more, hit the link for full component and price breakdown.
RIM has officially revealed the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 which comes with a 2 Megapixel camera, 2.8″ QVGA display and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. It also supports 3G with HSDPA which finally made its appearance for the curve range.
It is expected to be shipped this month with Blackberry 5 OS and the newer Blackberry 6 will be made available later in the coming months. So rest assured, this device is definitely Blackberry 6 OS ready.
There’s no official pricing yet but according to Slashgear, the Curve 3G is priced at CA$79.99 (estimated RM245) with a three year contract.
More details of the Curve 3G here.
We are still wondering which telco will be the first to bring the Curve 3G and the latest Torch 9800 to Malaysia.
None of these phone are in the Malaysian market officially but we have a feeling you’d like to found out how the new BlackBerry stacks up against the iPhone 4. Here we have a video that will reveal everything.
OK, some will argue that the Torch is a device for a different market, you can’t compare it with the iPhone 4. We beg to differ, both are smartphones, both have touchscreens and both have app stores, so why can’t we put them in a ring together to do battle?
Fact of the matter is, RIM and Apple are competing in the same market segment when it comes to smartphones and there will be people who will compare the two when it comes to making their next mobile phone purchase, so like it or not, both Apple and RIM will be marketing their devices to the same people.
So head on over to after the jump to see the browser battle between, the BlackBerry Torch 9800, the iPhone 4 and the Samsung Captivate (which is technically very similar to the Galaxy S we have here).
Note to BlackBerry fans: it doesn’t look good and so much for the massive browser improvements on the new BlackBerry 6, looks like there’s still some work to be done.
RIM confirmed in a press release issued early this morning that the following devices will be getting updates to run it’s latest BlackBerry 6 mobile operating system.
Lucky owners with of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Bold 9650 along with BlackBerry Pearl 3G owners can expect to run BlackBerry 6 sometime in the coming months.
We’re saying sometime in the coming months because, RIM, in its release did not indicate specifically when these devices will be getting the update. Simply, the release only states that the updates are coming “subject to carrier certifications”. That could mean, next month or it could mean next year, we can’t really tell. So we will all have to wait.
Also the release states that the BlackBerry 6 is expected to be available for “future BlackBerry smartphones”, maybe we’re reading a bit too much into the release when we say this but, could this mean that BlackBerry device prior to the 9700, 9650 and the Pearl 3G will not be able to upgrade to BlackBerry 6.
We don’t know for sure but it sure is looking like a possibility.
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The BlackBerry to rule all BlackBerry devices has just been revealed in the US by RIM. The new BlackBerry Torch 9800 features a slider form sporting a full touchscreen interface together with a QWERTY keypad and is the first BlackBerry device to run RIM’s latest BlackBerry OS 6 mobile platform.
Under skin, there’s nothing really mind-blowing about the 9800 Torch. It packs a so-so 3.2in 480×360 capacitive touchscreen, an industry standard 5MP camera with flash, autofocus and image stabilisation and it records video capable of shooting 640×480 resolution video.
There 4GB on board memory with 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM. Included in the box is a 4GB microSD with option to expand up to 32GB. There’s also GPS and WiFi b/g/n built into the Torch.
Actually, if you really look at it, there’s nothing to talk about in terms of specs. Any other Android device on the market and the iPhone 4 has the BlackBerry 9800 Torch beat. All the other flagship Androids and the iPhone run higher resolution screens, records 720p video and run on 1Ghz processors with built-in GPUs, while the Torch runs a 624Mhz processor. Some may argue that the BlackBerry OS architecture doesn’t need so much processing power, we say, if it’s going to compete with the rest, it will need to be able to play games, and run graphic intensive app and support multi-app at the very least, so the more processing power, the better.
Blackberry has officially released a promo video of its latest OS – the Blackberry 6 – at WES 2010. And man, is it really something. A thumping soundtrack by Black Eyed Peas and awesome visuals makes this one of the sexiest OS demo videos we have ever seen.
But it doesn’t change the fact that it looks very much like the iPhone OS.
Having said that, we can see that the Blackberry 6 shows tremendous potential and is heading in the right direction. We’ve mentioned before that RIM is trying to get the attention of the more social media friendly crowd with its new line of devices, and the new Blackberry 6 will be a key component of all this.
The Blackberry 6 marks a massive shift in how RIM want to play the smartphone game. We’re really interested to find out what will they bring to the table.
Check out the video after the jump.