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Details on new BlackBerrys and OS 4.3 leaked

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WiFiEdgeBGR picked some fresh information from the forums on new BlackBerrys coming out, although it’s largely reiterating what we already know. The Wi-Fied BlackBerry 8820 recently announced in Spain, the GPS BlackBerry 8310 also spotted in the wild, the BlackBerry 8320 rumored previously, and the Pearl 2 have all had some specs leaked alongside information of OS 4.3. Save the 8820, Wi-Fi and GPS will be mutually exclusive on the upcoming devices. The slides for both the 8320 and Pearl 2 claim only a 2 megapixel camera versus previous reports of a 3.2 megapixels or higher. I’d like to hold out for the latter, but only a release will tell us the final word. The Pearl 2 will have Wi-Fi and a CDMA version available.

As for the OS 4.3 upgrade due out this Fall, they’re integrating real-time streaming multimedia for Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerrys. 4.3 will also be the last upgrade for 87XX series devices, and nothing older will be getting any love.

Thanks to The Outsider for giving us the scoop!

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Exclusive: The Black Curve is the Rogers BlackBerry 8310

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The Black Curve Rogers BlackBerry 8310Aah, sweet vindication. We took a lot of flack from the BlackBerry community when we posted an editorial about the Black Curve, a mysterious device that we had heard whispers about from some of our more favored insiders. People thought it was a bunch of hogwash designed to drum up traffic. Well, thanks to “RogersDude69″ we’ve finally been sent photo evidence that it does exist.

The ‘Dude tolds us that the Black Curve shown to the left is an unbranded Rogers BlackBerry 8310 (hooray GPS!). He also told us that this black variant of the Papa Bear will also not be hitting Rogers until after September. Apparently, Rogers took one on the chin from RIM for under-promoting the BlackBerry Curve in favor of the BlackBerry 8800. The Curve still ended up performing beyond expectations, however, while the 8800′s performance was lackluster. Rogers doesn’t want to make the same mistake twice and is going to heavily promote the device. Why so long a wait, then? Because Rogers doesn’t want a BlackBerry 8310 launch to muddle the upcoming BlackBerry Pearl 2 launch, which is set for mid-September on AT&T, and will surely follow shortly after on Rogers. Looks like the Black Curve is going to end up being a wintertime treat!

Now before you check out the cool pics after the jump, chew on this question: what does an impending BlackBerry 8310 launch on Rogers do to Canada’s chance of seeing the BlackBerry 8320? Our answer: probably kills it, considering Rogers was never a big fan of their client-base using Wi-Fi anyways.

Say thanks to RogersDude!

Vodafone to carry BlackBerry Pearl 2 by September?

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KometBG’s Spanish connection at MiBlackBerry is suggesting a September release on Vodafone for the new BlackBerry Pearl. It looks like it’s just on the Spanish site, but hints at a widescale release. AT&T is slated for the same timeframe, with other carriers undoubtedly nipping at it’s heels. If you’re looking to Verizon, their leaked release roadmap doesn’t seem to have a BlackBerry in sight until at least October, unless of course the “Coupe” is referring to a rumored BlackBerry 8300 variant coming down the pipes.

In any case, Vodafone’s release in time with AT&T signals quick European spread of the new toy. Irked that we aren’t getting the same treatment this side of the pond? Check out our Weekly Contest, “Why Europe First?” and share your beef.

Oodles of BlackBerry Rumors: Pearl 2 to AT&T by mid-September, 8310 was the Papa Bear

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BlackBerry Pearl 2Leave it to Boy Genius to drop a little bit of BlackBerry rumor to hold us over on a lazy Friday in the dog days of summer. According to his “very friendly RIM informants”, and supporting what we’ve thought all along, the Comet BlackBerry Pearl 2 will be arriving by the second week of September in a variety of colours… to AT&T first. That’s right, T-Mobile just got punk’d (although they apparently will still be getting the Pearl 2 eventually). Here’s a question: what does this mean for the rumored CDMA Pearl 2 for Verizon?

BG was also able to confirm that the much rumored Papa Bear is in fact the BlackBerry 8310, which is disappointing news to those who were hoping that the big bear would have both GPS and Wi-Fi. According to BG’s sources, the reason for no Wi-Fi is the fact that RIM can’t cram both Wi-Fi and GPS into such a small case design. This kind of makes sense; the Pap Bear never had a device number attached to it like the other devices in the “Bear” family — one would assume it would have been called the 8330 if RIM had been able to get the job done.

Hey BG, did you leak this news because RIM didn’t send you the BlackBerry Summer Survival Kit? Revenge is a dish best served by Internet informants, I guess.

Wafer cameras are especially scrumptious for mobiles

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Wafer cameraJust when you thought DALSA might be doing some business with RIM, Tessera Technologies comes up with some pretty teeny cameras. Now that the Curve’s out, and the Pearl 2 en route, camera technology is of prime interest to RIM, and anything that saves as much room as Tessera’s OptiML WLC chip will raise a few eyebrows. On top of sheer size, manufacturing costs are cut significantly as well.

Using OptiML WLC technology, thousands of lenses are manufactured simultaneously on a wafer, and then bonded at the wafer level to create the optical element of the camera. The result is simplified assembly and up to 30% cost savings for the optical component of the camera module. OptiML WLC technology also reduces the size of the camera to a minimum, delivering up to 50% size reductions over conventional camera modules in camera phones today.

Updated: Pearl 2 rumored to release Q4, will have many siblings

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Question markUpdate! Gizmodo’s reporting that the Pearl 2 will be packing high-speed EV-DO Rev. A and be skinny to RAZR-like proportions. In addition their sources are saying we’re looking at a Q4 2007 release on Sprint.

Our buddy Jibi posted some Pearl 2 speculations on BGR over the weekend, stemming from some domain sleuthing akin to the Curve situation. Model numbers 8110, 8120, and 8130 are all on the plate. Jibi’s guessing that the 8110 will be a Pearl with an upgraded camera but no Wi-Fi, and the 8130 will be a Wi-Fi Pearl plus CDMA world phone action. As for the 8120, we’re looking at UMA (which is supposed to be called GAN, apparently), released with OS 4.3.0 and timed with T-Mobile’s other Wi-Fi handoff devices. All sounds like some pretty reasonable predictions – only time will tell if they hold.