Official 8700 Pictures and Specs


8700 got their hands on the first official Blackberry 8700 pictures and specs:


– 2.0 Radio Platform

320 x 240 (1/4 VGA) Colour LCD
– Excellent indoor and outdoor readability
– Exceptional resolution
– Light sensor for automated LCD brightness

Speaker Phone

– Handsfree operation


– Support for v2.0 Protocol Stack
– Serial Port Profile for PC Connectivity (i.e. sync)
– Extended Support for more Advanced Car Kits

312 MHz Processor

– Improved performance for:
– Overall UI Navigation and Reaction time to inputs
– Web Browsing
– 3rd Party Applications
– Global and Message List Searches
– Attachment Viewing

Memory: 16MB RAM / 64MB Flash

– Improves overall speed of applications
– Allows ISV partners greater flexibility when developing applications

Polyphonic Ringtones

– Including support for downloadable MP3 ringtones

Updated Form Factor

– Thinner and Narrower than 7200 series
– High-end ornamental accents
– Improved look and feel

Full QWERTY keypad

– Dedicated Send & End Keys
– Mute Key
– On/Off Key
– 2 User-Definable Keys


BlackBerry 4.1 Application additions for Electron

– Expanded Bluetooth Support
– Expanded Media Support
– Idle-Mode AMR Playback for MMS Messages (Voice Notes Playback)
– Contact-specific Ring Tones
– Ability to Assign a Specific Ring tone to a Contact

User Interface Enhancements

– Expanded Theme and Coloring of Applications
– Evolved Home Screen
– Enhanced Messaging Interface

Attachment Viewing Enhancements (with BES 4.1)

– Support for “Enlarge All” for Images
– Allows detailed viewing of the entire image for larger images (i.e. Fax’s)
– Support for Enhanced PowerPoint (PPT) Slide viewing
– Render slides as images versus text-only as an option