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.