A new 3G Blackberry mobile email device designed to compete with feature-rich smartphones could be on the way soon from Research In Motion Ltd. The vendor gave favored delegates a sneak preview of the new Blackberry at the 3GSM mobile show in Barcelona this week.The device is yet to be officially unveiled and wasnâ€™t showcased at the Blackberry stand in the exhibition halls.
Jack Gold, analyst at J.Gold Associates, while stressing that he hasn’t seen the final versions of these products yet, expects that the devices will be part of a new breed of smartphone-like devices designed for work and play.
“It’s like a pseudo-Treo,” says Gold, saying that RIM has been looking at adding features like a music player as well as updating the business applications on the device.
“They have to do this to stay competitive,” opines Gold, adding that users want the fun features, while RIM-affiliated carriers want to be able to flog user ringtones and other multimedia content over their networks.