BlackBerry Stealth Revealed: The 8100

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BlackBerry 8100

After a couple of weeks of nothing but patent applications and webcast releases, August comes roaring through like gangbusters with leaked images of the BlackBerry Stealth — or should we say the BlackBerry 8100.

Engadget’s Random Asian Dude confirms that the 8100 has a camera, microSD slot, OS4.2, EDGE network support and media playback functionality. It’s hard to tell, but it seems RIM has foregone it’s much-loved side scroll-wheel in favor of a d-pad at the front. Engadget expects the 8100 to launch in November on Cingular (probably the same time for Rogers) and even earlier for T-Mobile customers.

Well, we finally have it: RIM’s first push into the consumer market. Thoughts, folks? (More pics after the jump)

BlackBerry 8100

BlackBerry 8100

BlackBerry 8100

BlackBerry 8100

BlackBerry 8100

  • thought

    Looks to have the typical high build quality of all BB’s…I’m sure this phone will do what it is designed to do very well.

    The key to making this phone take off in the consumer market will be price. RIM cannot count on some Fortune 500 company or government agency with deep pockets willing to pay a price premium for their devices.

    Of course, a certain segment of the consumer market will be willing to pay a relatively high price, but that’s a relatively small segment. But if RIM wants this phone to really catch on and sell in higher volumes, it must come in a fairly reasonable price point, probably around the price of a Moto Q.

    Of course, if RIM releases this device at a moderate price point, that oresumably would exert downward price pressure on their other units, since those units offer less features.

    So RIM has a delicate balancing act on its hands; offer this unit at an attractive enough price, but not undermine the price points of their other units which they can sell at a premium to enterprise users.

  • thought

    Looks to have the typical high build quality of all BB’s…I’m sure this phone will do what it is designed to do very well.

    The key to making this phone take off in the consumer market will be price. RIM cannot count on some Fortune 500 company or government agency with deep pockets willing to pay a price premium for their devices.

    Of course, a certain segment of the consumer market will be willing to pay a relatively high price, but that’s a relatively small segment. But if RIM wants this phone to really catch on and sell in higher volumes, it must come in a fairly reasonable price point, probably around the price of a Moto Q.

    Of course, if RIM releases this device at a moderate price point, that oresumably would exert downward price pressure on their other units, since those units offer less features.

    So RIM has a delicate balancing act on its hands; offer this unit at an attractive enough price, but not undermine the price points of their other units which they can sell at a premium to enterprise users.

  • http://www.hyperpowered.com/ Stac

    I sincerely hope that the built-in applications are up to speed with the hardware. Integrating audio and video services in hardware is one thing (every phone on the market has this now) – the true test of the device will be how far RIM has gone to make pictures, audio and video available throughout the OS.

    1] Will we be able to compose and read HTML email in which we can embed the pictures and video we take?

    2] Will the browser allow us to upload the pictures and video to websites? The BB browser is good by mobile standards, but lacks some of the desktop functionality required to view content-rich websites and post multimedia to them…

    3] Bandwidth? It is no secret that RIM has issues with providing bandwidth for blackberry services now – what will happen when those pipes are clogged with the latest ‘You Tube’ stupidity? Will email be delayed because QoS allows video higher priority to keep from dropping frames?

    Questions that should be answered while we are all sitting here drooling ;-)

    -Stac

  • http://www.hyperpowered.com/ Stac

    I sincerely hope that the built-in applications are up to speed with the hardware. Integrating audio and video services in hardware is one thing (every phone on the market has this now) – the true test of the device will be how far RIM has gone to make pictures, audio and video available throughout the OS.

    1] Will we be able to compose and read HTML email in which we can embed the pictures and video we take?

    2] Will the browser allow us to upload the pictures and video to websites? The BB browser is good by mobile standards, but lacks some of the desktop functionality required to view content-rich websites and post multimedia to them…

    3] Bandwidth? It is no secret that RIM has issues with providing bandwidth for blackberry services now – what will happen when those pipes are clogged with the latest ‘You Tube’ stupidity? Will email be delayed because QoS allows video higher priority to keep from dropping frames?

    Questions that should be answered while we are all sitting here drooling ;-)

    -Stac

  • http://www.hyperpowered.com Stac

    I sincerely hope that the built-in applications are up to speed with the hardware. Integrating audio and video services in hardware is one thing (every phone on the market has this now) – the true test of the device will be how far RIM has gone to make pictures, audio and video available throughout the OS.

    1] Will we be able to compose and read HTML email in which we can embed the pictures and video we take?

    2] Will the browser allow us to upload the pictures and video to websites? The BB browser is good by mobile standards, but lacks some of the desktop functionality required to view content-rich websites and post multimedia to them…

    3] Bandwidth? It is no secret that RIM has issues with providing bandwidth for blackberry services now – what will happen when those pipes are clogged with the latest ‘You Tube’ stupidity? Will email be delayed because QoS allows video higher priority to keep from dropping frames?

    Questions that should be answered while we are all sitting here drooling ;-)

    -Stac

  • abbydog3

    No thumb wheel!!! I’m out, just stick with my BB and iPod.

    Cheers.

  • abbydog3

    No thumb wheel!!! I’m out, just stick with my BB and iPod.

    Cheers.

  • moog

    “It is no secret that RIM has issues with providing bandwidth for blackberry services now”

    Are you off your rocker? Unsubstatiated claims will get you nowhere. Carrier bandwidth is the bottleneck

  • moog

    “It is no secret that RIM has issues with providing bandwidth for blackberry services now”

    Are you off your rocker? Unsubstatiated claims will get you nowhere. Carrier bandwidth is the bottleneck

  • Faraj

    howmuch is it?and howmuch the cost of shipping?
    if need to usit in USA with T-mobile company has any code or just I put my card and will work.

  • Faraj

    howmuch is it?and howmuch the cost of shipping?
    if need to usit in USA with T-mobile company has any code or just I put my card and will work.