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Old 11-13-2005, 01:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just a little topic on when people think the latest and greatest BlackBerry will come out after the 8700 is introduced.
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Old 11-13-2005, 04:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, my two cents worth. Now, I do not work for RIM or a carrier, these are just my ideas:

RIM would not want to bring out a higher end unit right away - it would dilute the impact (and cost recovery) of the 8700. However, I think what it could do are a few 'enhancements' over a period of time. My thoughts would be:

Faster processors
More RAM
A docking cradle that allowed for attachment of full size keyboard and monitor (allowing users to use the browser, do their mail on a full size keyboard, etc).

And, I saved this for last as I'm likely to get flamed for it, how about a windows mobile version?

Think about it. If they offered this as a s/w upgrade to a high end model they could continue to sell h/w units but still cover the market growth and the potential threat from the Big M. Also, if large companies are concerned about M'soft and as M'soft starts to bundle the server side with the exchange server RIM could still play in that market.

Just my two cents worth. Any other ideas, anyone?
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Old 11-13-2005, 04:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Imagine if your BB was all the PC you needed for the job? You could have a docking station at work and home and "laptop" was BB size and carried on your hip.
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Fullsize bluetooth keyboards are already available for the Blackberry.

I'm just speculating here, but I actually see a partnership with Microsoft--believe it or not.

RIM is already getting processors from Intel, so it's not much of a stretch for a deal with Microsoft.
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As they increase the processor power and memory it could certainly replace some (not all) of the functonality. You get home, plug your bb into the cradle, check e-mail, browse the web and be done.

I have another option request - a usb connected latte machine - you set the latte machine up, plug in the bb and the alarm turns it on it the morning!
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Personaly I wouldn't want a dock so much as a VNC server for blackberry.

With a vnc server on the blackberry, I could just come home and keep the thing in my pocket; connect to it to do my email and online stuff and walk away. Dock would come in handy, but then I got to get a seperate one for work and home and my laptop when I travel; I already have internet access most anywhere. Admittingly, vnc would be slower.. but for typing emails it wouldnt mater. It's not like im going to be playing video over the thing.
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(just speculating) but about 12 mounts, hopefully with faster 3G speeds.
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Old 11-13-2005, 08:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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From what my understanding is of rim, there will be a 8200 series unit coming out in Q2 of 2006, which will be a replacement for the 7100 series, but with updated EDGE, Bluetooth and processor speeds.

Thats the way the 7100 was released, in Q2 of 2005, while the 7290 was released in Q4 of 2004.

2004 Q4 = 7290
2005 Q2 = 7100
2005 Q4 = 8700
2006 Q2 = 8200


Makes sense, doesnt it?
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Old 11-13-2005, 09:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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yeah your right looks like they are following that lead, but i love my 7100. It gets the job done and it's great. But it could have used the new improvements of the 8700. We shall see what they have in store in the comming months.
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I think there will be a release sooner then expected for at least GSM mainly due to the intro of UMTS by Cing, with that you could talk on your BT headset and send an email at the same time. That's what I call being productive! And I do see a new 7100 series being released soon and it being even more consumer based then it is now. Just my thoughts/hopes/dreams. pink
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