RIM to launch 7 new BlackBerry handsets this year

RIM CEO confirms seven next-generation handsets

BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 to be the first of a series of new handsets by Research In Motion (RIM) and they'll all be sporting the new BlackBerry 7 OS mobile operating system

BlackBerry’s parent company Research in Motion is to launch seven new BlackBerry handsets this year, one of the company’s chief executives has announced.

Speaking to shareholders at the company’s annual meeting earlier this week, RIM’s co-chief executive Jim Balsillie revealed that despite delays in the release of the company’s next-generation mobile operating system the Blackberry 7 OS, seven new handsets will be released in 2011, with the first being the Blackberry Bold Touch 9900.

With RIM share prices being halved to $13.6 billion (£8.5b billion) in the past year - the company was valued at $75.2 billion (£46.6 billion) in August 2008 - could it be a sign of the times that Blackberry is struggling to match up to Apple's globally successful iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 handsets?

The BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900, the latest handset to be unveiled by RIM, is set to launch in the UK on September 15th with the full QWERTY keyboard touting handset to sport a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, a 5-megapixel rear mounted camera and inbuilt Near Field Communication technologies. Yesterday it was revealed that BlackBerry App World has recorded its 1 billionth BlackBerry App download. So it's not all bad news for Blackberry, we suppose...

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Via: Guardian