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7 New Blackberry Smartphones this Year

Research in Motion(RIM) will launch seven BlackBerry phones with the next-generation Blackberry 7 operating system this year to meet its financial goals.

RIM’s share price has fallen more than 50% this year. The company is presently valued at $13.6bn, compared to its August 2008 high of $75.2bn.

The flagship model will likely be the BlackBerry Bold 9900, which was announced back in May. It packs a 1.2 GHz single-core processor and the BlackBerry 7 operating system on a 2.8-inch, 640-by-480 resolution display. Other specifications include support for Augmented Reality, Near Field Communications(NFC), 5MP camera, 8GB on-board memory and GPS. Pricing and date of availability was not announced.

In Malaysia, RIM is set to release the Blackberry PlayBook this week. Since launched in April, a very small proportion, about 1,000 PlayBooks had to be recalled because of defective software. It has lost around 1 million users in the US according to figures from ComScore, although it announced last week that it had gained 1 million in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region in the past three weeks.

RIM has not provided any specific timelines for its new phones.


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