Full specs of the BlackBerry Tour leak out

By on June 4, 2009 at 6:28 PM.

Full specs of the BlackBerry Tour leak out

We all know that Bell is prepping to launch the BlackBerry Tour 9630 sometime in the near future, and now for the first time a document detailing the full specs of the hotly anticipated smartphone has leaked out. While the majority of the specs have been known for quite some time, there are a still few things that can be learned from the document. So take a peek because this is the real deal, people:

Size (L x W x D): 112 x 62 x 14.2 mm
Weight: 130 grams
Memory: 256 MB internal Flash memory
Expandable Memory: microSD located under the battery door cover
Battery: 1400 mAh removable/rechargeable cryptographic lithium cell
Battery Life: TBD
Keyboard: 35 key backlit QWERTY
Display: High resolution HVGA 480×360 pixel
Camera: 3.2 MP camera, flash auto focus
GPS: Assisted, autonomous and simultaneous GPS enabled with preloaded BlackBerry Application for e911 capabilities
Media Player: Video format support MPEG4; Audio format support MP3, AAC AAC+ etc
Bluetooth: Bluetooth V2.0; mono/stereo headset, hands-free, PBAP
Headset: 3.5mm stereo headset capable
USB Port: Enables charging and high-spead data synchronization via USB “A” to micro USB “B” cable
Network Support:
Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900MHz
GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks
Single-band: 2100 MHz
UMTS/HSPA networks
Dual-Band: 800/1900 MHz
CDMA/EVDO Rev A networks

Excited? Well you should be (remember how much we love it?), especially with a mid-July launch on the Bell network in the works. Now hit the jump to check out the rest of the document.

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BlackBerry Tour 9630 shows up in Bell's inventory for $599.95

By on May 12, 2009 at 6:30 PM.

BlackBerry Tour 9630 shows up in Bell's inventory for $599.95

And there we have it, folks. One of our ninjas just dropped off this shot of the BlackBerry Tour 9630 in Bell’s inventory with an MSRP of $599.95 CDN ($510 USD). So what does this mean for those who are hoping to pick up a Tour on contract from Bell? As of now we don’t have a confirmed contract price but if Bell follows its normal pricing scheme including a data plan discount, the 9630 could be in the hands of many a Canadian for about $199.95 on a three-year contract with some wiggle room for promotions and price adjustments based on project sales volumes. Not bad at all, Bell, not bad at all. Let’s just hope that it launches the Tour on or around the same time as Verizon. We’re getting antsy up here.

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BlackBerry 9630 is the BlackBerry Tour?

By on April 23, 2009 at 3:15 PM.

BlackBerry 9630 is the BlackBerry Tour?

We’re seriously going out on a limb here, but we’ve received word the BlackBerry 9630, the device we all know and love, will make its debut into the world as the BlackBerry Tour. Not even going to comment on the name, we’ll leave that up to you. Just know this is viciously unconfirmed, but hey, it sounds like something RIM would think is cool. Plus, wasn’t there rumblings about U2? Just sayin’…

P.S. That same tipster confirmed release of the device in “early summer”

UPDATE: Thanks to one of our awesome readers, they’ve just alerted us to the fact that http://www.blackberry9630.com (something RIM would obviously own) and http://www.blackberrytour.com both point to the same IP address. Additionally, they were both coincidentally registered on the same date. Welp, it looks like BlackBerry Tour it is!

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BlackBerry 9630 Review: Part 1

By on April 18, 2009 at 12:03 PM.

BlackBerry 9630 Review: Part 1

We’ve been playing with it non-stop all weekend. We’ve tastelessly shown it off with a dash of hood on video. But the review is now finally ready. We decided to split this into two parts, one now and one right before launch. That way no one will see things that aren’t final and vice-versa. It will also be a nice way to keep track of what’s changed/been modified. We’ll also do something new here… if you have any questions, drop them in the comments and we’ll edit the post and answer them in the Q&A section of the review!

UPDATE: We’re re-posting this review with all photos. Enjoy!

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WES 2009 Rumors: LTE BlackBerry, BlackBerry 9630, 1GHz CPUs

By on March 30, 2009 at 5:09 PM.

WES 2009 Rumors: LTE BlackBerry, BlackBerry 9630, 1GHz CPUs

From May 5 to 7 in Orlando Florida, RIM will will be hosting Wireless Enterprise Symposium or WES. While BGR will be there on the floor for the entire convention bringing you the latest BlackBerry news as it happens, we thought we’d give you all a little bit of a taste of what we know/believe is to come.

First off, expect to see the 8900 Curve make an appearance courtesy AT&T. As many people on AT&T who are running unlocked 8900s by now already know, the official AT&T service books have been pushed out which means that AT&T is doing the final prep work for launch. More notable and more exciting will be the official acknowledgment of the BlackBerry 9630 codenamed Niagara.

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Quick BlackBerry 9630 video walkthrough

By on March 21, 2009 at 12:50 PM.

Quick BlackBerry 9630 video walkthrough

Man, so many people wrote in about this that we just had to do something real quick. This is a very brief walkthrough of the device and a couple applications. We provide no warranties to the quality, musical integrity, emotional attachments nor uncontrollable outbursts you might have while viewing it.

Oh ho ho, it’s magic!

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BlackBerry Niagara 9630 hands on

By on March 20, 2009 at 11:16 AM.

BlackBerry Niagara 9630 hands on

One of our ninjas was nice enough to drop by the BGR offices with a gift. And ooooh baby, it’s a nice gift! We’re not going to beat around the bush — we’ll put this little bugger exactly where it belongs — a review will be coming. But for now, here’s some quick impressions followed by a couple more money shots:

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BlackBerry 9630 Niagara to launch with Verizon Wireless in May?

By on March 19, 2009 at 7:08 PM.

BlackBerry 9630 Niagara to launch with Verizon Wireless in May?

All you Verizon Wireless folks with dirty, battered and broken BlackBerry Curves may have cause for celebration if this latest rumor pans out. Word on The Street is the BlackBerry 9630 Niagara will debut on Verizon Wireless in May. This would place the 9630 launch a year after the Curve 8330 launched on Big Red and not a moment too soon for the Curve’s early adopters. Perhaps not so coincidentally, WES just so happens to be in May so don’t be surprised if the 9630 makes its first official appearance there. Then again, The Street cites “analysts” as the source of this rumor, which means it was basically just an assumption corresponding with WES to begin with. No word on pricing or any other details as yet unfortunately — patience, young grasshopper.

Thanks, George!

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New images of BlackBerry Niagra 9630 surface

By on March 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM.

New images of BlackBerry Niagra 9630 surface

That’s right people, it’s getting closer. We can almost taste it now in fact. The CDMA answer to the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and Curve 8900 has just popped up in a new round of live shots, this time a bit more clear than the last round. We also get a pretty clear glimpse of the back this time around, which could be a good thing or a bad thing. Apparently the faux leather on the Bold battery cover isn’t polarizing enough so RIM decided to up the ante. Yikes. What do you guys think — love it, hate it or who cares just give me a sexy new CDMA BlackBerry already?! Hit the jump for the shot of the back.

Thanks, Will!

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Photos of the BlackBerry 9630 Niagara emerge

By on March 5, 2009 at 9:17 AM.

Photos of the BlackBerry 9630 Niagara emerge

Well there you have it folks — live photos of the BlackBerry 9630 Niagara have surfaced on the internet and it looks exactly as it did when we first scooped it way back when in May of last year. Believed to be a World Edition device that is jam packed with GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSPA and CDMA 1xRTT/EV-DO Rev. A radios, the Niagara is also purported to feature GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera. Sadly, it appears that Wi-Fi has been dropped from the menu, quite possibly at the request of Verizon. Of course, all of this goodness can’t go around town naked, so RIM slapped it into a pretty little Frankenstein of a body that blends the amazing keypad of the Bold, the display and the menu buttons of the Curve 8900 and the silhouette of the Storm. Pretty, no?

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BlackBerry 9630 is the Niagara, Verizon World Edition?

By on February 27, 2009 at 4:02 PM.

BlackBerry 9630 is the Niagara, Verizon World Edition?

So… we’ve just got word from a really trusted source, dropping bombs all around on the BlackBerry “Niagara”. First off, the model number we’re told is the BlackBerry 9630, not 8930 or 9030, or anything like that. Second, the phone will definitely be a Verizon World Edition with support for CDMA 1x, EV-DO Rev. A, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, and UMTS, though we’d bet the UMTS band is going to be 2100MHz only. The last of the big news won’t surprise any Verizon-haters, but this bad beast is not going to have Wi-Fi. Oh man, they never learn, do they? To recap everything for you slow pokes:

  • The OS actually we’re told is 4.7.1 (but possibly, possibly, be OS 5.0 depending on launch date).
  • No Wi-Fi.
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support along with WCDMA support (bands not specified, but most likely 2100MHz).
  • CDMA 1x/EV-DO Rev. A device.
  • Release date unknown, but we’d say May/June if we had to bet.
  • 3.2 megapixel camera (though we heard a rumor there might be a camera-less version, but that’s unconfirmed).
  • The web browser supports JavaScript 1.6 (not huge news, but at least the browser is slowly improving).

Now how many of you are going to buy one of these things when they are released? We think a whole lot of people are.

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Upcoming Verizon news: BlackBerry Niagara, Hub updates, Netbooks, Apex

By on February 19, 2009 at 3:22 AM.

Upcoming Verizon news: BlackBerry Niagara, Hub updates, Netbooks, Apex

One of our trusty ninjas just hit us up with a couple details on some of Verizon’s upcoming products and product offerings. First off.. Netbooks. We’ve been told that Verizon Wireless will 100% start selling Netbooks in stores around May of this year. The first one looks to be a 10-inch HP Mini which should go for $99 on a 2-year agreement (with BroadbandAccess plan). On a related note, we’ve been told that AT&T is in the process of setting this up as well (selling Netbooks in stores).

The hate-it-or-love-it Verizon Hub home phone will be getting an upgrade to enable streaming radio on or around February 22nd.

There’s a new feature for Verizon Wireless subscribers rolling out called Media Manager. What we’re told this does is enable you to backup all your ringtones, games, and phone content to one location for free as long as you use the My Account feature online. Basically think of it as a free backup assistant, rumored to be rolling out momentarily.

The BlackBerry Apex (BlackBerry 8230) we’re told was removed from Verizon’s data devices road map. Our contact doesn’t know why or what it possibly means, but he said it either means it is coming very soon (likely) or not being released at all (unlikely).

Finally, the BlackBerry Niagara. We showed you the first photo of it, and it turns out it is pretty much spot on. We do have some more information, however. You can definitely think of it as a cross between the Bold and the Curve 8900. It’s bigger than the Curve, but smaller than the Bold. It has the same 480×320 screen resolution as the bold, and thankfully we’re told rocks the same processor as well (624MHz CPU). Lastly, it runs the 4.6 OS but you didn’t really need us to tell you that. In terms of release date, you’re going to be a little disappointed — we don’t have one. We were originally told by our original tipster that the Niagara would launch in May of ’09 on Verizon, and darn it, that looks pretty accurate. When we have something confirmed, we’ll obviously share that news. Below is a recap of the information we reported on the Niagara when we broke the news:

  • “Large screen family”
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • 480×360 LCD
  • EV-DO Rev. A
  • aGPS
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • 4.7 OS platform
  • BES 5.0 support (HTML email, etc)
  • Qualcomm MSM7600 processor

Pretty good, eh?

Thanks, NotHTCKid!

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BlackBerry Storm internal product positioning, marketing points, BlackBerry Apex

By on October 4, 2008 at 7:18 PM.

BlackBerry Storm internal product positioning, marketing points, BlackBerry Apex

Continuing our Stormness today, we’re breaking out these great internal marketing and product positioning points. What you’re going to see isn’t for the faint of heart — there’s a ton of data points in here. RIM even goes as far to compare the Storm (or Thunder as they referred to it internally) to the iPhone, Nokia N95, and LG Viewty. We’ve got full price points on where the Storm sits in between the other devices, and we even have a couple exclusives for you… How does a BlackBerry Niaraga with Wi-Fi sound for Verizon? Yep, the device we broke the news on will have Wi-Fi for all your Verizon-lovers. Finally, how does a CDMA Kickstart sound? It’s codenamed the BlackBerry Apex and it will indeed be hitting Verizon as well. Release not yet known. Click through for practically all the inside RIM info you can handle!

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