BlackBerry 9000 AND 9100?!

By Kevin Michaluk on 17 Apr 2008 06:13 pm EDT

BlackBerry 9000 AND 9100

Jibi posted some interesting snapshots over at BGR today pulled from a BlackBerry.alx file. Pretty cool stuff here. From the file code, Jibi made some observations and discoveries:

  • references to both a BlackBerry 9000 and 9100
  • refrences to an <!-- External Display --> tag which got Jibi excited
  • the Vodafone fileset references the 9100
  • the AT&T fileset references the 9000
  • the T-Mobile fileset references the 9000

Until this point we've been referring to all of the leaked new BlackBerry images we have seen as the 9000 - which makes sense considering the OS screen capture says 9000 on it. BUT.. despite that, part of me has been thinking RIM would announce this device with a name other than 9000, perhaps calling it the 9100. Think about it - in the 8xxx and 7xxx series there is no device called 8000 or 7000... why start now? Plus Nine Thousand doesn't roll off the tongue quite as nice as Ninety-One Hundred (or is that just me thinking that?!).

With this file referring to both a 9000 and 9100, that basically confirms a) that the 9000 we have seen is the 9000 and b) there's a 9100 device in the works. What's the difference going to be?! What's the 9100 going to pack that the 9000 doesn't? Or will it be basically the same phone just branded a bit different for Vodafone? You can check out more of Jibi's images here, and if you have any guesses, insight, or know what's going down be sure to drop it in the comments! I'm kind of getting done with the pre-9000 posts...I just want the device in my hands already!!!

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BlackBerry 9000 AND 9100?!


Interesting indeed. So there could be 2 new 9*** range phones this year. Doesn't "external display" usually refer to flip style phones ? Unless in this case it could be something to do with keyboard lights or message indicator ?

Interresting. let's guess....

I will say that the 9100 has the front camera for the visio call and the 9000 doesnt have it. Cant wait to see it for real!!!!

so will there be 2 X 3G versions? One for Euro/Asia/Pac and one for the US?

it would be nice to have a worldwide 3G which, wasn't 3G here and EDGE there and vice versa.

I've been working in Asia recently, and have been enjoying 3.5G on my mobile broadband. It's very nice and fast - fast then my US dsl.

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