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BlackBerry Bold 9900 may ship as late as September

updated 12:05 pm EDT, Fri June 3, 2011

BlackBerry Bold 9900 pushed to September

RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9900 may not arrive until the very end of the company's prediction. The phone had been pegged for summer, but insiders claimed Friday to BGR that it wouldn't be available worldwide until September, virtually on the edge of fall. The phone was unveiled in early May but will have spent at least four months between its first preview and its actual release.

RIM hadn't commented on the rumor.

The delay wouldn't be the first for the company in the past several months and has raised concerns that RIM's ability to deliver on time has slipped, especially as it implements major hardware upgrades. It unveiled the BlackBerry PlayBook in September of last year but didn't ship it until this April, giving Apple and Google enough time to release tablet platforms that negated most of RIM's advantages. Performance of the 9900 already potentially lags behind dual-core Android phones, and a September release would give Apple enough time for a dual-core iPhone 5.

Long intervals between phones have still been common across the industry, hitting the iPhone for the first time this year as well as Motorola's Droid Bionic reboot. Pushing most of RIM's genuinely upgraded phones to the last few months of the year could still be dangerous for RIM as it's rapidly losing share in the absence of modern hardware.

By Electronista Staff


  1. viktorob

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    No doubt why RIM is going loosing market..

    That model looks like a 5 year old phone. Even nokia has one exactly like that one (Nokia n95 I believe).
    Do RIM really thinks that they only thing they need to keep up is to keep using plastic keyboards? Did they really get convinced by Steve "Mad" Ballmer?
    I'm pretty sure that if Micrsoft fires Steve Ballmer, Nokia will hire him.

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010


    7" is precisely the wrong size.

    Too big to fit in a pocket.

    Too small to replace a laptop.

    How do you like them Apples, Tanya-girl?

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    Joined: Oct 2004


    i love the iPad

    Don't get me wrong, the iPad is the best tablet out there - by far.

    However, the next time you are at - let me pick something at random - the next time you are getting your oil changed, do a quick search for oil change coupons using your tablet.

    What you'll find is - you can't. Your tablet is at home, sitting on the coffee table.

    People don't really carry their laptops everywhere, they don't carry large tablets everywhere. They love their iPads - and their iPads are very useful. But they go from living room to bedroom, and back. Or maybe you carry it to work, if you are in a job where an iPad can be used.

    But - do the oil change test. Now what you probably do have with you, is your cellphone.

    Which is OK, but the cellphone is too small to be a really great tablet experience.

    This is where RIM (yeah I know, those jerks)...they actually lead in this one tiny area of the market - the ultra portable tablet.

    Google hasn't released a tablet OS for 7" tablets. 7" Android tablets are garbage, because some manufacturer just stuck the phone OS on it. In fact, even those 10" android tablets - most of them were sold with Android 3.0 - a buggy and slow first effort. 3.1 is coming out now, and is better.

    And apple didn't sell a 7" tablet either. Apple is right, the best tablet experience you can have is on a 10" tablet, but again, that tablet isn't coming with you to the football game - you'll leave it at home. It doesn't pass the portability test, so you aren't going to use some football tablet app to reserve a ticket for the next game - (or insert your own idea for a world transforming app here).

    The only tablet that actually has a real 7" optimized tablet OS - is the Blackberry Playbook.

    Will it be successful? Who knows.... should you buy it? Heck no, not if you don't want it.

    But does it *exist* ah----yes it does exist, and its the best 7" tablet, period.

  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010


    The real reason for the delay?

    If I were the cynical type, I'd guess that RIM delayed the new phone so they can bring it to market after the next iPhone is released. Or not.

    If the next iPhone is just an upgraded iPhone 4, RIM might decide to release the new (or is it already old?) Bold. But if the next iPhone is a quantum leap forward, RIM might just decide to can the new Bold. Why bother wasting money releasing a new version of the same old thing?

  1. slapppy

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    Joined: Mar 2008


    I've seen this before

    Oh yeah, that was 5 years ago! lol

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