Research in Motion launches Intel powered Blackberry 8700c

Research in Motion launches Intel powered Blackberry 8700c

Research in Motion has finally launched the first of their Intel XScale processor powered blackberry device. The company had named it Electron during the prototype stage and it is now officially called Blackberry 8700c. It uses the Intel’s PXA901 cellular processor, code-named Hermon, and comes with 64MB of flash memory and 16MB of SRAM (static random access memory).

Cingular Wireless would be offering this new device to the prospective customers from November 21. They plan to sell it at $299 with a two-year plan. RIM announced that Cingular, a joint venture between SBC Communications and BellSouth would be the only carrier in the USA to offer this device for a “period of months”.

They have however not announced the launch dates of the launch in the other markets yet. Blackberry 8700c would be sending and voice using EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution) wireless networks. It comes equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard and a browser designed to accommodate Cingular’s Media Net wireless Internet access service.

They expect that the customer would notice the improvement in performance due to the use of a different and faster chip and usage of better technologies compared to existing and older products.

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