OK, this one has been all over the place, but for the record, here’s the skinny on the new BlackBerry 7100t:
Here are the vitals:
- Large 260×240 color LCD screen
- Quad Band GSM (850/900/1800/1900)
- Push Email, web browsing, attachment viewing
- Unique “SureType” 20 key keypad with predictive text input
- Bluetooth, speakerphone
The biggest eye catcher is the new keypad. They’ve put two letters on each key, and use the SureType predictive system to determine what you’re really typing. Looks like a good compromise between a small numeric keypad and a larger traditional QWERTY keyboard. Initial reports say that it’s fast and intuitive, once you get the hang of it.
Notably absent in this age of “do everything” devices are media features like integrated camera and a memory card slot. So I guess you won’t be listening to your MP3s (unless you want to put them on the 32MB internal memory).
So basically, the 7100 series delivers the messaging punch that we’ve come to expect from RIM, who does messaging like no one else. Expect it to be available on T-Mobile in a few weeks at the beginning of October for $199 with activation of a new service plan.