BlackBerry Sedona enters the rumored device game

By Adam Zeis on 20 Jan 2011 09:04 pm EST
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BlackBerry Sedona

If you were thinking there weren't any more rumored devices in the ol' pipeline think again. N4BB has posted up an image of what looks to be a new player to the name game - the BlackBerry Curve 'Sedona'. It sports 512MB of RAM and OS 6.1. Not many other details to go along with this one, but now that this little guy is out in the open we're sure to see more info in the near future. Check out a few more pictures after the break.

*UPDATE* - As noted in the comments, this just simply appears to be an Apollo prototype so nothing really new here as it's not another new device but rather, a real version of what we saw in the previously leaked renders.Given the fact the Apollo name has been given to many devices at one time or another we're starting to think it's actually a stage in device development rather then a real codename given to any one specific device. Could be way off on that thought but it is what it is, a thought.

Source: N4BB

BlackBerry Sedona

BlackBerry Sedona

BlackBerry Sedona

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BlackBerry Sedona enters the rumored device game

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I don't know why but it looks like a 8800 device to me. Maybe this is what the 8800 should have looked like years ago. This is a little to late.

If you read the original article on N4BB.com, it says the Sedona is a CDMA/GSM Berry not unlike the 9630/9650 or Storms.

The keyboard on my 8830 is to date the best BB keyboard I have ever had. I would love to see a "new" device with a keyboard nearly identical to that one. I could sit and with ease type full emails on that thing. This does look very similar although its weird that they would have a larger keyboard in the curve series?

Bold 9000 trumps that keyboard BY FAR... that should be the new bold thats coming out (the one with the HD Touchscreen)

more RAM (512MB Vs 256MB), new Processor 800 Mhz vs 624 Mhz, new design more sleeker, keyboard, got newer EM1 battery which is sleeker and efficient, GSM/CDMA capable, may have a GPU and Open Gl support, OS 6.1, higher screen resolution on a low end device, 5-megapixel camera with flash, NFC and a better radio capable of better speeds..these are all the differences.

There is nothing impressive about this. Even the new Bolds are thoroughly unimpressive. The only phone that looks like it may be worth looking at is the Storm 3, but it will be running OS 6.1 so that pretty much strikes it out for me.

Most consumers can't even fathom bying a phone with less than 16 GB internal storage. What the hell can I do with 512MB or 1GB?

I don't think you can use MOST consumers, maybe some. that doesn't really matter to me. I have a 160 GB ipod, and if i want to load something up with music it is going to by my ipod, not my blackberry.

4 gb is MORE than enough.

4GB isn't more than enough. Videos, Pictures, Documents, Data. Not to mention RIM doesn't put hardly any App Storage in the device.

160 iPods and Zunes are strictly media players, not smartphones. These devices are different. 4GB is peanuts. 8 is the minimum for me and 16GB is the sweet spot.

Still doesn't matter. Look what we're commenting on.

Yet another device with 512 MB storage (half of that eaten up by the OS and preloaded software). Embarassing.

4GB should be more then enough. Don't forget the carrier usually adds a 4GB to 16GB SD card to make the phone more appealing. Verizon added a 16GB to my Storm 2.

Didn't you read bgr 's post you will be able to store apps on the storage now (internal or SD card) not the RAM so as long as you can buy 32 gb microsd cards then you sink your teeth into those kids games, besides we have always been able to save our music videos documents etc in the storage and sdcard since as long as I could remember on the bb , hence more choice and lest cost compared to the forced storage on idevices

Didn't you read bgr 's post you will be able to store apps on the storage now (internal or SD card) not the RAM so as long as you can buy 32 gb microsd cards then you sink your teeth into those kids games, besides we have always been able to save our music videos documents etc in the storage and sdcard since as long as I could remember on the bb , hence more choice and lest cost compared to the forced storage on idevices

This is actually an early prototype of the Curve Apollo (due to 512MB, OS 6.1, and all grey 4 Action buttons).

See here: http://tinyurl.com/4dx32qg

Specifications:

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
Tri-band UMTS/HSPA 7.2Mbps
Bluetooth 2.1
Wi-Fi b/g/n
GPS
NFC
512MB of eMMC, 512MB of RAM
5-megapixel camera with flash
HVGA 480 x 360 display
1050 mAh battery
Tavor MG-1 800MHz CPU
BlackBerry OS 6.1
11mm thin

looks like a well thought out and well designed device esp the keyboard, when compared with 9700 it looks smaller in width and the thickness, it will appeal to younger gen and women than current bold users

Why does everyone complain? They greatly increased the specs of their LOW-END device, yet everyone still has a problem with it. What do you want them to do with the design? A typical BlackBerry design can not be changed a ton on the outside. They have made tons of money on the Curve series, so please enlighten me on what you think should be on their "cheap" phone.

This looks exactly like the Apollo rendering come to life! Everything from the back camera area to the flat greenphone/menu/back/redPhone buttons. Hopefully the Dakota rendering will make the same transition soon too. This device looks really cool, and will surely make the 8900 proud, as it looks to be the Curve successor that everyone has been waiting for.

I just think it would be nice for the bold to get a mo****fu****g decent upgrade. Is a 4G full qwetry KB touch screen (not torch) OS 6.1 1GHz Processeor with decent RAM 8MP Cam too much to F'in ask for. Go Bold or go home.

Ninja B

You just described Dakota except the 4G and not 8mp (MP is not that important for camera quality, it's the lens and electronics). Processor is unknown still but is most definitely going to be faster than the 800MHz Curve but not sure if they will use the same 1.2GHz as in the Torch 2 and Storm 3. 1GHz seems the most logical option.

And note on the 4G, RIM explicitly stated that they choose to avoid 4G right now because of poor battery life, added bulk, and too expensive to manufacturer (especially for the small size of Blackberry devices). Which is definitely true if you look at Android devices. 4G definitely eats battery life like nothing else and definitely adds bulk and expense.

Most definitely those 4G juggernauts eat up batterry like pac man for sho. I have high hopes for the "dakota" I'm prefer the "bold gen" over the "curve gen" and am eager to see the newest "bold child" thanks for the info. I have faith in RIM and BlackBerry :)

I don't like the raised panel where the send and end, etc. keys. The back seems like it is coming from a rugged brand of RIM..LOL

I don't physically like it, but I like the specs.

This is the Apollo looks just like the Apollo we have seen already I wouldn't get all hyped up for another rumored device Sedona = Apollo

I guess RIM didn't like the apple commercials touting the iP4 being the thinnest "smartphone". Guess this ends that.

And of course I see the usual haters are present...

Could someone please clarify this for me, the web is giving my mixed results, some say the iphone4 is thinner than 11mm, while others say it is thicker. If this phone is indeed 11mm, will it be thinner than the iphone4? If so that's pretty impressive considering the battery is removable.

The Apple site says the iPhone 4 is 9.3 mm thick... which is really thin :P haha. And the battery isn't removable, unless you get a technician to do it, as there is no battery door. That being said, this device looks awesome :D please let it be released in summer!

That makes Erievon's comment make no sense. I think BlackBerry does a great job with the size of there device, but let's face it, a device with a removable battery door will never be able to out-slim a phone with out a battery door... Good job RIM! But Apple's iPhone4 is still slimmer.

Oh god more bitching about RIM. They are going to keep creating devices that look the same because thats what a Blackberry is. Theses specs are great for the "low end" RIM device and I love it. What do you want the device to look like? Do you want it to look like a plasma tv turned sideways like the EVO or DROID X?

They want it to be able to run Crysis and 2 HD movies in the background at the same time while launching nuclear missiles in Pakistan.

I just don't understand RIM coming up with all these cool "Code Names" then releasing sister devices, ex. (Storm, Storm 2, storm 3... Torch, Torch 2... GAWD Knows how many Curves, and Bolds!)

This is the begining of the end RIM. I want a quad-core pwocessor, a super extreme-to-the-max amoled ultra capcitive touch scween, 7G, 5000 mAh battewy, and evewy time I look at it I want it to tell me how petty I mean pwetty I am. Get wif duh pwogwam RIM or I am gonna get a Motorola Citrus!

This is the begining of the end RIM. I want a quad-core pwocessor, a super extreme-to-the-max amoled ultra capcitive touch scween, 7G, 5000 mAh battewy, and evewy time I look at it I want it to tell me how petty I mean pwetty I am. Get wif duh pwogwam RIM or I am gonna get a Motorola Citrus!

Now let's get real pics of the storm 3 (plus info on the release date heehee) since these sedona back pics are different from the renderd pics of apollo(has flash for the camera and no 'brand') maybe the real back and side pics of the monaco monza are also different

just like the early pre release photos of the torch and style, you should get hands on first before judging

i hope its just a stage... cuz this really looks like most of them on the street already... now with the dakota.. that looks like a sexy phone.... i swap my torch for that as soon as its out

I seriously did love my curve and wanted a 9700 for the longest time, but since RIM has become so boring and predictable, I'm definitely not buying another BB.. I'm totally jumping ship for the Atrix. I don't think Blackberries will ever have specs like the iPhone or Android devices.. I still don't understand why they put no memory in their phones -__-

Looks cool but RIM should have made devices like this for curves by the time of 85xx series! 85xx is not really bad but, it will be better if its looks like this so its capable of taking more tasks than the ol' curves are (example : 8900 and 8500)

With the minor differences between the 85xx and 93xx series, this really should have been the specs for the 93xx series.

But I do agree, these are good specs for the Curve lineup.

In case you haven't noticed, RIM doesn't care a whole heap about specs. Phones will very quickly reach a plateau in regards to specs. At the end of the day, who really cares how many Mhz or how many MBs and how many million times better the resolution is! As far as most of us are concerned the 9700 screen resolution is as fine as we'll ever need. You can only do so much with a phone which is the size of a phone, and I think we're almost at that plateau already. -> enter the tablet market :-) a phone is a phone and has its limitations...

Wasn't one of the main features of the apollo picture the fact that the glass/plastic behind the keys and including the screen was all one piece? This shows a clear break underneath the function keys like all bb have...