Research In Motion (RIM) executives received tough questions from its investors during its annual meeting on July 12, with RIM co-CEO Mike Lazardis insisting that the new BlackBerry devices will help the company triumph in the competitive smartphone environment.
According to The Guardian, RIM said that it will release seven new BlackBerry smartphones running its new BlackBerry 7 OS. Other sources say that the new line of smartphones will include the Bold 9900/9930, which is a combination of keyboard and touch screen phone; the Torch 9810, which has a sliding keyboard; the Curve 9350/9360; and the Torch 9850/9860.
For the period between the end of February 2011 and the end of May 2011, RIM’s US share has dropped to 24.7 percent from 28.9 percent. During the same three-month period, Google’s Android rose up to 38.1 percent from 33 percent, while Apple rose to 26.6 percent to 25.2 percent.
The company also announced its plans to introduce a new line of ‘superphones’ that will run on its QNX OS, which currently powers its PlayBook tablet. However, these phones are expected to be released before the second half of 2012.
The latest smartphone unveiled by RIM is the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900, which is set to launch on September 15 in the UK. It runs on a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor and features a full QWERTY keyboard, a 5-megapixel rear camera and built-in Near Field Communication Technologies.