RIM: ‘Seven new BlackBerry devices are coming this year’

July 13th, 2011

BlackBerry Curve 9370Speaking at the company’s annual shareholders meeting, RIM co-CEO, Jim Balsillie announced that seven new BlackBerry devices are coming this year.

Balsillie said they’ll be launching in ‘rapid succession’ within the next month, although he let nothing slip about what we’ll be expecting. As well as the newly announced Bold 9900, we’re guessing the Torch 9810 is on the cards – RIM’s second-generation QWERTY/touchscreen slider.

There’s also rumours that the Canadian firm will launch the BlackBerry Curve 9370 and the so-called Curve Touch, a higher-spec version of its 8520. We’ve also heard whispers of the mysterious BlackBerry Bold 9790 – sporting similar specs to the newly-launched ‘Touch’, along with the Torch 9860 – the fully-touchscreen alternative to its flagging Storm series.

As for the seventh device, RIM is rumoured to be readying a re-jigged version of the BlackBerry PlayBook. According to online gossip, it’ll be a 4G version of its 7-inch slate, which looks set to hit the US in October this year.

Also at the conference, Balsillie claimed that RIM are still doing awesome but are “not perfect”. This comes after Apple overtook the phone-maker in the US smartphone market, after the firm’s BlackBerry OS dropped  in popularity by 4.3 percent. It seems Balsillie’s taken note of the recent developments, telling shareholders: “If there’s anything I can do to make you sleep better at night, I’ll do it”.

[Source: IntoMobile]