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Photos of the Blackberry Touch 9860, a 1.2 GHz powered handset running on the Blackberry 7 OS, have been leaked on the internet.
It is unknown when the Touch 9860, also known as the Monza, will be hitting stores in the UK. According to some sources, it may be arriving sometime in the third quarter of 2011.
The smartphone is said to come packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz single-core processor just like the Bold Touch. It will also feature a 3.7 inch display and no physical QWERTY keyboard whatsoever. It will be a purely touch screen smartphone.
It seems that performance is the main focus for RIM in its next generation handsets. They may not come packed with dual-core processors, but a clock speed of 1.2 GHz is more powerful compared to a lot of flagship handsets.
Despite the beefy single-core processor and the purely touch screen interface, it doesn’t seem to get rid of all the chunk Blackberry is sadly known for. Furthermore, we were expecting RIM’s new handsets to come with dual-core processors. After all, Samsung cashed in with more than 3 million units of the Galaxy S2 sold in just 2 months in the market. Haven’t they figured out that this is what users are looking for?
Past reports suggested that Research In Motion (RIM) had plans on launching a 10 inch version of its tablet the Playbook to better compete with the iPad and 10 inch Android tablets like the Motorola Xoom. Apparently, RIM has put its 10 inch tablet plans on hold to instead focus on QNX-powered handsets.
In place of the rumored 10 inch Blackberry Playbook, RIM plans on placing its focus on a powerhouse QNX smartphone powered by a 1.2 GHz single-core processor similar to the processor on the Blackberry Bold touch. It will also sport a 4.3 inch display with high-definition capabilities.
You may have been expecting a Blackberry handset packed with a dual-core processor. However, we all know how dual-core-powered smartphones tend to drain their batteries faster, which is why RIM chose to go with a beefier single-core processor instead. This will allow RIM to remain one of the dependable phone manufacturers when it comes to battery life.
In the UK, users are still waiting for news on the 7 inch Blackberry Playbook, which has been released for US and Canadian markets. A week ago, O2 decided to discontinue stocking on the tablet, due to not meeting the network operator’s end-to-end customer experience standards.
When it comes to revenues generated by the 7 inch tablet, the Playbook’s sales failed to meet previous forecasts. In response to these disappointing results, RIM said, “the comment is certainly inconsistent with the positive feedback we have received from our main retail partners. As previously indicated, RIM will provide a business update on BlackBerry Playbook results on June 16.”
“Best Buy has had great success selling BlackBerry smartphones in North America, so our sales expectations for the BlackBerry Playbook were very high. To date, we have far exceeded those expectations and we’re finding that customers are even more interested in purchasing once they’ve tested the Playbook in the store.”
Despite these statements, it seems RIM’s headaches are to starting to overwhelm the company. Regardless, we’re hoping that the Canada-based phone manufacturer finds a solution to its problems.
What happens when an employee leaves a company in bad terms? It’s the same with couples on a bad breakup. They say bad things about each other. In RIM’s case, a disgruntled ex-RIM employee wrote a derogatory open letter about what’s wrong with the Canadian phone manufacturer.
Gracious is the opposite of what happened here. There was no holding back, and a former RIM high-ranking employee has a lot of things to say. In fact, the employee’s remarks on a resignation letter were rather blunt, showing no confidence in the way RIM does business.
On the letter, the ex-employee writes, “RIM often make[s] product decisions based on strategic alignment, partner requests or even legal advice – the end user doesn’t care.”
The anonymous ex-employee adds, “Teams still aren’t talking together properly, no one is making or can make critical decisions, all the while everyone is working crazy hours and still far behind.”
In conclusion the disgruntled ex-employee writes, “there is a serious need to consolidate our focus to just a handful of employees.”
In response to this open letter, the defensive RIM stated that it was “aggressively addressing both the company’s challenges and its opportunities.” In closing, the Canadian manufacturer said, “RIM is more committed than ever to serving its loyal customers and partners around the world.”
Let’s face the facts. RIM is in trouble. Its projected earnings were no way near what was projected. It is being sued by Dolby for trademark infringement. Its stock has dropped to an all time low. Lastly, one of its major investors has pulled out more than half of its holdings. Now, its own employees are losing confidence in a company that was once one of the forces to be reckoned with in the mobile phone industry.
It seems as if RIMs problems are piling up. Hopefully, their problems do not get in the way of launching their new powerhouse of handset in the Blackberry Bold Touch or their dual-core-powered 7 inch tablet the Playbook.