Next Up in the BlackBerry Pipeline... the 9220?!!

BlackBerry 9220
By Kevin Michaluk on 18 Aug 2008 09:32 am EDT
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An interesting and somewhat heated debate popped up in the CrackBerry Forums over the weekend when member Stop-N-Go posted the following:

This device obviously hasn't EVER been mentioned on any forums ANYWHERE!!! Do you like the Bold??? Do you like the Javelin??? Wish you could have a Bold that looked as good as the Javelin??? Wish the Javelin you're going to get had HSDPA??? Well, all I am going to say is... RIM device: 9220 

As can be expected when a post like this is made without an accompanying photo or spec sheet, it can and will be met with a lot of questioning on its validity and source. Sometimes the info is wrong, sometimes it's really wrong, but sometimes it's Right! I'm throwing this blog post up because... well.. I think the info in this case is RIGHT (have now spoken to a trusty source who has confirmed laying eyes on official info surrounding it - working on getting more specs...but we're hearing it may have a touchscreen too!).

So don't be surprised if when you see pics and more info on the BlackBerry 9220 (current device model) surface in the weeks and months ahead. No word on timeline, but it only makes sense. I wouldn't think for a second that RIM's pipeline is going to stop after the Bold, 8220, Javelin, Niagra and Thunder... the devices are only going to keep coming and they're only going to get better and BETTER! Exciting times, but dang... I just want the BlackBerry Bold to be released in North America already!!

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Next Up in the BlackBerry Pipeline... the 9220?!!

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That'd be kinda awesome if they came out with a device that was like a mix of everything but was maxed out with everything they could possibly put into a BB. I like the Javelin but don't like the specs on it having such a low amount of memory, I'd rather see it with at least the size that the Bold and Thunder have / are going to have. But then again, if it could pick up on all types of signals, that'd be awesome too. The only thing that I don't like, all these devices coming out so soon behind one another is going to run me ragged with the money. I think they should either space them out more or drop them all at once and just pull all of their old stuff.

This can't be true. It would kill RIM, why would someone buy a bigger bold then? Besides, there is a reason why the Bold is so big. You need space for all of the radios, gps, wifi. If it is true, I don't know where RIM is going.

I read the thread on the forums and saw everybody getting at you. I thought there was validity to it but just didnt reply. All I got to say is. Your the Man. lol. :: thumbs up ::

I read his post over the weekend as well and some of the folks beat him up pretty bad. even though he put the information in the "news" thread. Good call stop-n-go.

if its true - sweet - exactly what i wanted - form factor of the javelin with HSDPA. the jav without seemed dumb to me. if this is true, no bold for me - i will hang onto my 8310 till the HSPDA Jav surfaces.

Well, I think I would settle for the Bold for now. I mean, yes, it would be nicer to have a smaller, sleeker, and cuter version of the Bold. But think about it...the Bold already has the features that this new 9220 would have. The only reason someone would get it is because it looks smaller and sleeker just like the Javelin. Hmm...I'd just deal with the bigger phone and be happy. :)

The other reason is the keyboard. There is no way I could switch to an 8800 series type keyboard after having my curve. If this thing has 3G and the curve/javelin keyboard, I am holding out for it's release.

That's true...I prefer the curve's keyboard much better than the 8800's. Its much easier to use...and if it's true what Stop-N-Go said about it being better than the Bold, then I may wait for it afterall...lol. I wonder if I get the Bold now...then upgrade to the 9220...how much that will cost...? Hmmm...we'll just have to WAIT and see. More waiting...:(

See, you are assuming. Which is cool. But, from what I hear, this device is going to be better than the Bold!! It's going to have some things the Bold doesn't have! Plus the fact it's smaller and looks a TON better.

I made a new topic in "News & Rumors" so lets talk about the good stuff and not argue in this one. Remember, we all love Blackberry! And it looks like RIM is giving us plenty of reasons to!! :D

I try not to get too excited until I know if I will be barred from using it by an exclusivity deal.

If the Javelin is a 8xxx device that means no 3G, is it believed that the Niagra will be 8xxx with no Rev.A or a 9xxx with Rev.A?

Well, the 8330 is obviously a 8xxx series device. And it uses 3G technology. I believe the 9xxx series will simply mean the device is 3G capable. As far as the Niagara, I'm not sure which it will be, but I am think it will still be a 89xx device.

If Robbers ask 399$ (with a 3 years contract) for the Bold can you imagine the price of this wonderful 9220 device?

Maybe something around 999$ with a 5 years contract..

At this rate there are so many phones rumored on the horizon I can not keep up. But I guess you gotta realize that RIM is a company that makes electronic devices so the new technology comes in soo fast that your BB is old in 2 weeks. I just heard a Doctor at UPMC Hospital in Pittsburgh talking about the BOLD, so I guess its coming soon, but already a replacement in the works!! I think I will be happy with my Curve for 2 years then take this improvements from RIM on these devices in stride. If you get a new BB every time they make an improvement, you are gonna be poor eventually. xD

How many more BB models will be announced / rumored before one of them is introduced in the US? Ten, fifteen, twenty?

This is going to be Verizon's Bold. After they release the Thunder, they will get this out right before the Holiday shopping season.

I really hope this is true. I really want the Javelin with 3g. If it's even better then the bold and it looks the same as the Javelin, what else can I say?

I love the Javelin's form factor/looks/KEYBOARD.

*crossing fingers that it's true

3G Javelin. imo, best BB to date. Everything I want. If confirmed to be true, I will wait for it and use my curve till then.

Honestly, I don't care about yhe look. Yes, the Javelin looks better, but I stand with the BOLD features. I'm agree with many of you, here the look is very important. If will look better AND will have the BOLD capacity... well, sign me up!

That picture isn't accurate. It shows the Javelin screen to be smaller than the Bold screen, while in fact the Bold screen is smaller than the Javelin screen....

Kevin,

Isn't that image a bit deceiving, though? The Javelin and/or 9220 has a 480 x 360 screen, while the Bold has a 480 x 320 screen. So the image of the screen on the right (Javelin) should be bigger than the one on the left (Bold). That comparison _really_ makes the "9220" look much smaller than it actually is.

Just a thought.

Thanks!

I call bullshit on this one for a few reasons, you have specs that they can only currently fit in a larger form factor and suddenly they are going to show up in form factor that they haven't even finished making the 2g version of, not to mention the fact that they don't assign model numbers so soon for development products.

It is inevitable that this new curve format will eventually get 3g support, but this blog is purely speculation just so you can turn around when they do announce such a model and say you were first.

BlackBerry Curve 9220 Unlocked

The new Blackberry 9220 Curve packs Wi-Fi,GPS and HSDPA, which is rather unusual for the manufacturer. The new Curve also has a 3 megapixel auto focus camera to make corporate users extra happy. The presence of Wi-Fi and GPS is not the only unusual thing about the new Blackberry Curve 9220. One of its most impressive features is that the 2.4-inch TFT display has a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels - equal to the Blackberry Storm, but outranks the 3.2-inch Storm display by sheer pixel density. The Blackberry Curve 9220 is the thinnest full-QWERTY Blackberry device standing at 13.5mm

Coming Soon !!
GENERAL
Network GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Announced Expected release date September,09
Status Coming Soon
SIZE
Dimension 109 x 60 x 13.5 mm
Weight 110 g
DISPLAY
Type TFT, 65K colors
Size 480 x 360 pixels, 2.4 inches
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- Trackball navigation
- Wallpapers
RINGTONES
Type Polyphonic (128 channels), MP3
Customization Download
Vibration Yes
MEMORY
Phonebook Yes, Photocalll
Call Records microSD (TransFlash) up to 16GB
- 512Mhz processor
FEATURES
OS BlackBerry OS 4.6
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Infrared No
Games Yes
Languages Black
Camera 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, flash, autofocus, video
BATTERY
Standard battery, Li-Ion
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
- Built-in GPS
- WiFi 802.11b/g
- Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DPminiUSB
- HTML Browser
- aGPS function
- Java
- Media player
- BlackBerry maps
- Organizer
- Calculator
- Voice dial
- Built-in handsfree
Available Sept-9-2009