Below you will find the press release and full specifications list. The BlackBerry Style will be available from Sprint this Halloween for $99.99 (after mail-in rebate) on a 2 year contract. The Style will be launching in two colors: Steel Gray and Royal Purple. The BlackBerry Style is the first CDMA BlackBerry to launch with OS 6 and is the first flip phone from RIM to feature a full qwerty keyboard.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., and WATERLOO, Ontario – Oct. 18, 2010 – For the more than 100 million U.S. consumers who currently use a flip phone, Sprint (NYSE:S) and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM;
TSX:RIM) today announced the much-anticipated BlackBerry Style 9670 smartphone. BlackBerry Style is an elegant, new flip smartphone featuring a full QWERTY BlackBerry keyboard, the new BlackBerry 6 operating system and a wide range of advanced communications and multimedia capabilities. It will be available in the United States only from Sprint beginning on Oct. 31.
The BlackBerry Style features a full QWERTY BlackBerry keyboard that makes email, messaging and real-time chats with BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) incredibly easy. It also comes with many advanced features, including a 5MP camera with flash and support for video recording, built-in GPS for location-based apps and geo-tagging, Wi-Fi for faster connectivity and extended data coverage, and an expandable memory slot for up to 32GB of additional storage.
“The beautiful and compact flip form factor on the BlackBerry Style smartphone makes it quite unique within the BlackBerry lineup,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “Customers will appreciate that the flip form factor is extremely easy to use for calls, and with a full QWERTY keyboard, it provides the same attractive features enthusiasts have come to expect from their smartphone. Also, with the enhancements available through BlackBerry 6, Sprint customers will love the new user interface and the enhanced Web browsing experience.”
The attractive new smartphone includes an optical trackpad for fluid navigation and boasts two large displays, an external screen for quickly viewing notifications and messages, and a high-resolution internal display that makes Web browsing or watching videos a pleasure. The BlackBerry Style smartphone will also be available in two fashionable colors – Steel Grey and Royal Purple.
“The flip form factor appeals to a very distinct but sizable set of consumers in the U.S., and we’re pleased to work with Sprint to bring this unique new BlackBerry smartphone to their customers,” said David J. Smith, vice president of Product Management, Research In Motion. “The new BlackBerry Style smartphone is a feature rich, premium BlackBerry smartphone that makes the perfect choice for Sprint customers who love the flip form factor but want advanced smartphone features and a full QWERTY keyboard.”
First Sprint Smartphone with BlackBerry 6
BlackBerry 6 features a redesigned interface that retains the familiar and trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand, while delivering a fresh, approachable and engaging experience that’s powerful and easy to use. It includes expanded messaging capabilities with intuitive features to simplify the management of social networking and RSS feeds (Social Feeds) and provides integrated access to BBM, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and various instant messaging applications that are preinstalled on the BlackBerry Style smartphone.
BlackBerry 6 also integrates a new and rich WebKit-based browser that renders HTML Web pages (as well as HTML email) quickly and beautifully for a great browsing experience. It features tabs for accessing multiple sites simultaneously, mouse-like navigation with the optical trackpad and a zoom feature that intelligently auto-wraps text in a column, while maintaining the placement of a page’s key elements for easy viewing and navigation.
Universal search allows users to search through email, messages, contacts, music, videos and more on the smartphone, as well as extend searches to the Internet or to discover applications on BlackBerry App World. The BlackBerry Style also includes a preinstalled YouTube app and Podcasts app.
The BlackBerry Style smartphone will be available nationally on Oct. 31 for $99.99 (after a $100 mail-in rebate) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement with activation on a Sprint® Business Advantage Messaging and Data plan or Everything plan with data. Sprint’s industry-leading Everything Data or Business Advantage Messaging and Data plans include unlimited Web, texting and calling on the Nationwide Sprint Network to every mobile in America with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM. Everything Data plans start at $69.99 per month (excluding taxes and surcharges).
With the Sprint Free Guarantee, customers can take advantage of the BlackBerry Style smartphone for 30 days. If not completely satisfied, customers may return the device within 30 days to get reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get both the early termination and restocking fees waived, and receive a full refund for the monthly service plan charges.1
Sprint is also offering customers an opportunity to reserve the Steel Grey BlackBerry Style smartphone for purchase beginning Tuesday, Oct. 19, while supplies last. The Royal Purple BlackBerry Style smartphone will be available in November.
Customers can reserve their smartphone for purchase at www.sprint.com/bbstyle. Customers who reserve the BlackBerry Style smartphone will be able to complete their purchase beginning Sunday, Oct. 31, and must complete their purchase no later than 6 p.m. local time on Monday, Nov. 1. Through the reservation process, customers will be able to reserve their new BlackBerry Style smartphone online, pick it up in a Sprint Store and receive the full retail experience, including Sprint’s Ready Now service.
Application developers will have a chance to learn more about BlackBerry 6 at Sprint’s 10th annual developer conference. The Sprint Open Developer Conference, Oct. 26-28 in Santa Clara, Calif., is open to all attendees and will feature information on developing applications for a range of platforms, including BlackBerry 6. Developers can register for the conference at http://developer.sprint.com/devcon2010.
1 Refund excludes usage not associated with the monthly service plan, premium content, third-party billing, international charges and associated taxes and Sprint surcharges.
You download the official BlackBerry Style Tech Specs .pdf
BlackBerry Style 9670 Specifications
|Size (LxWxD)||Closed: 96mm x 60mm x 18.5mm
Open: 175.5mm x 60mm x 18.5mm
||~ 4.6 ounces / 131 grams (includes battery)|
|Operating System||BlackBerry 6|
||- 512 MB internal flash memory|
||- 8GB microSD card included
- Supports up to 32GB microSD card
||1150 mAhr removable/rechargeable cryptographic lithium cell|
||Talk Time: 4.5 hours
Standby: 10.5 days
MP3 Playback (headphones): 14 hrs
Video Playback: 6 hrs
||Physical keyboard: 35 key backlit QWERTY|
||Large, high-resolution internal and external screen
Internal display: 2.7″ QVGA display (360 x 400 pixels)
External display: 2″ QVGA (240 x 320 pixels)
||5.0 MP camera, flash, auto focus, face detection, image stabilization, scene modes, 2X zoom, video recording|
||Normal Mode: 640 x 480 pixels
MMS Mode: 176 x 144 pixels
||Integrated speaker and microphone, hands-free headset
capable, Bluetooth headset capable, integrated hands-free speakerphone
||Assisted, autonomous and simultaneous GPS enabled with preloaded BlackBerry Maps application|
||Video format support: MPEG4, H.263, MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile H.264, WMV
Audio format support: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, FLAC, OGG
Ringtone format support: 32 polyphonic – MIDI, SP-MDI, MP3, WAV
|WiFi||Wi-Fi Band: 802.11b/g/n|
||Bluetooth v2.1; Mono/Stereo Headset, Hands-free, Serial Port Profile, Bluetooth Stereo Audio (A2DP/AVCRP) and Bluetooth SIM Access Profile supported|
||3.5mm stereo headset capable|
||Dual-Band: 800/1900 MHz CDMA/EVDO Rev A networks|
Turn Ideas into Action!
|An Evolution in Flip||Whatever you love about flip phones, stick with it. Because now, we’ve brought all the power of BlackBerry® to the style you prefer. The external screen means you’ve got details at a glance – so you can see who’s calling and preview incoming messages while you get on with your day. The internal display gives you the same full screen view that comes with other full QWERTY BlackBerry smartphones: it’s huge, bright and easy on the eyes. You’ve got a full QWERTY BlackBerry keyboard to work with and smooth optical trackpad to navigate your way.|
|Better than ever with BlackBerry 6||Talk about simple setup with the BlackBerry Style. You’ll breeze through it, and right away, your smartphone begins to recognize your preferences. Graphical menus welcome you and intuitive navigation gives you the freedom to explore with ease. While you’re at it, catch up on your social networking updates in one view with social feeds. You get all the features you’re after, plus fantastic web browsing and multimedia experiences – so you can access the content you want without messing around. Speaking of saving time: with universal search, you can comb through everything on your smartphone – and even launch a web search – instantly.|
|The full power of BlackBerry||Looking for something? Our new universal search scans your folders, apps, internet,3 email and more, all in one search and doesn’t stop until it finds what you’re looking for. With universal search, you can get things done right.|
|Connect in real-time, anytime on BBM||When you want the comfort that comes with a real-time connection to your friends and family, you need BBMTM. Whether you’re planning a night out, a weekend away or just touching base, BBM is your instant connection to all the key people in your life. It’s an amazing way to take real-time communications to the next level. Plus, you’ll always know what’s up at the other end: a “D” appears on your screen when a message is delivered and an “R” appears when it’s read so you’re never left hanging.|
|All media, all the time||Carry, watch and share your videos, pictures, files and more. With BlackBerry 6, we’ve completely overhauled the multimedia experience on your BlackBerry smartphone. With the ability to sync music over Wi-Fi® using BlackBerry Media Sync, you can now access your home music library right from your BlackBerry smartphone. Scrolling through your music is as easy as swiping through your album art. And you can watch and subscribe to podcasts that are pushed to you as soon as they’re available. Plus, with 8GB of memory to store all kinds of files, killing time could turn into a killer idea.|
|Multitasking made easy||Multitasking is another one of those things that BlackBerry® smartphones have been doing right, from the beginning. You can jump between applications in a flash. And thanks to a little piece of magic we call multi-connectivity, your apps can stay connected whether you’re using them or not. So whatever you’re up to, emails, messages, updates, and notifications can keep coming through. And it all happens using less of your battery life. So go ahead, do it all – at once.|
|Get personal with it||Get inspired with a variety of apps designed just for BlackBerry smartphones from BlackBerry App WorldTM and put your ideas into action. Express your own personal style with custom ring tones, notifications, wallpapers and themes. Finally, dress it all up with BlackBerry Style Authentic Accessories like headsets and cases.|