RIM lines up 5 new phones, to run on the new BB 7 OS

Research in Motion (RIM) have rolled the last dice in hope of making inroads and regain their lost market share with the announcement of five new smartphones this evening. The phones, two of which will be an addition to the BlackBerry Bold line (Bold 9900 and 9930) along with three revamped versions of the BlackBerry Torch (9810, 9850 and 9860), will launch sometime later this month, and more importantly will run on the new BlackBerry 7 OS.

The two new Bold ‘berries will feature a touchscreen display, traditional BlackBerry keyboard and built-in support for Near Field Communications (NFC), which could open the door for options such as mobile payments.

Coming to the Torch, the 9810 will feature a larger touch display and slide-out keyboard, while the 9850 and 9860 models will sport slightly bigger screens powered by Liquid Graphics technology.

Quoting USA Today:

All five devices will run RIM’s new BlackBerry 7 operating system, which will offer an improved browser, voice-activated searches and a host of personal and productivity apps.

Wireless carrier AT&T will launch the Torch 9860 in August, while the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9810 will debut later this year. All three smartphones will run on AT&T’s 4G network.

With the announcement of these five new phones, RIM expects to provide some sort of competition to the rising glory of Apple and it’s iPhone, and to the wide army of Android smartphones floating in the market.

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Angry (silent) Apple reclaim their lost iPhone 4

Phew! What a week this has been. A week full of drama with a lot of twists and turns. But as they say, “All’s well that ends well” and it indeed is a happy ending for Apple as they have finally regained their lost iPhone 4, which Gizmodo had earlier acquired illegally.

Apple regained their lost prototype from Gizmodo, who returned the product to it’s original owner (Apple of course), and ensured a calm ending to a week full of turmoil and finger-pointing.

The return process all started when Apple Senior Vice President and General Counsel Bruce Sewell sent a letter to Gizmodo Editorial Director Brian Lam formally requesting the return of “a device that belongs to Apple.”

In fact, there were even rumors claiming that Steve Jobs himself called Gizmodo asking for the phone back, but Apple refused to comment on it. Gizmodo eventually returned the phone to Apple Monday night.

Gizmodo Editor Jason Chen, who examined the prototype and took it apart, told USA TODAY:

“what I saw inside is as final as you can get without putting actual serial numbers on it. But Apple is known for doing a couple of final prototypes…and Jobs can change his mind at the last minute. Even if this isn’t the final one it’s darn close to what you’re going to see.”

Tech analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies concurs:

“It’s mostly likely that was truly a next generation iPhone. Whether it’s the final engineering version is a question. I don’t know now if the form and function changes.”

If Apple sticks to it’s trademark timeline (established with earlier models), a new iPhone would most likely be shown off in June or July.

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