April 27, 2010

Live From WES 2010: BlackBerry 9650, Pearl 9100 3G, OS 6.0 Announced

Filed under: blackberry — Tags: , — dev @ 10:45 pm

Every year Research In Motion hosts the Wireless Enterprise Symposium, a.k.a. WES to bring together companies from the BlackBerry ecosystem and share the vision of the BlackBerry platform and brand going forward. As a new member of the BlackBerry Alliance, this is our first year at WES and we are very excited to be here and be amongst the first ones to hear about key announcements.

BlackBerry WES 2010 Conference

To kick of WES 2010, RIM officially announced the BlackBerry Bold 9650 which confirmed many rumors that have been circulating around. A CDMA-based worldphone with built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, double the flash memory of the Bold 9700 and a 3.2MP auto-focus camera with video recording capabilities, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a truly a “no compromise” smartphone, as RIM’s Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis put it.

No firm announcements on the availability of the Bold 9560 have been made by carriers yet, though we hope it happens sooner rather than later.

Also announced was the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. With its slick, stylish looks, a compact form factor and support for 3G, this BlackBerry would have easily been the BlackBerry that we would have gone for had we not set our minds on the 9650 already.

Telus and Rogers are the first carriers to announce the addition of the Pearl 9100 to their lineup, with Telus promising a availability in May and priced at $29.99 with a plan (Telus press release here). Verizon, AT&T and others are expected to follow suit shortly thereafter.

Another big announcement today was the upcoming release of OS 6.0 You can check out the preview video below. All in all, it was a very exciting day in the BlackBerry community, and we will provide more details if any other major announcements get made during the remainder of WES 2010.