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BlackBerry Atlas 8980 Pictures – Headed To China Mobile

blackberry_8980 The guys over at BBnews.Pl spotted pictures on a Chinese website of a new BB being tested for the Asian market. The BB has the code name Atlas with a model number 8980. We have heard rumors of the curve line getting some new devices, but so far it would seem there not meant to be for North America or Europe.  It would seems that RIM is using the curve line as their flagship device in the Asian Markets.  This new device has the same keyboard the 8900 had with the upgrade from a trackball to a trackpad.  If the RAM is kept at 256 this device may not see some BB 6 goodness but it still in the air since RIM has not said which devices will be getting the OS upgrade.

BBleaks has posted the following specks:

  • Curve with faster EDGE for data – evolved EDGE
  • Radio Quad Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE with DLDC and LatRed support for Evolved EDGE
  • Downlink data speed 473kbps (with 8 timeslots)
  • Display 480×360 LCD
  • Camera 3.2 MP Auto Focus, Flash
  • Micro USB high speed, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Optical Navigation Module
  • Functional Hard Keys Volume
  • User Configurable Key
  • Speaker Phone
  • Media Keys/Mute
  • Lock – A*
  • Software BB 5.0
  • Battery M-S1 1500mAhr
  • Memory 256 MB Flash
  • 256 MB SDR RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • UMA supported
  • GPS Supported with A-GPS ready

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Source: and BBleaks

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  1. While I appreciate this model is not meant for the US or European market (not sure that is relevant to my point mind) I don’t understand why RIM is releasing a handset which will effectively be redundant the moment OS6 is released. I’ve had my Bold 9700 for 6 months and that is about to be well out of date if all the rumours are correct – why does RIM continually make this mistake? I had the same issue with my Bold 9000 in that it simply wasn’t capable of handling the next OS barely months after I’d bought it. Maybe I was unlucky in the timing of my Bold 9000 purchase but I don’t think the 9700 has been around long enough to be out of date. Many contracts (certainly in the UK) tie you into an 18-24 month contract and to put up with an phone which is so out of date for half the contract is not fair. RIM need to listen to their customers, start putting hardware in their products which match their rivals in the industry and give better quality products which have a better lifespan. Yes this industry moves quickly but they are still putting too little memory in their phones to even get them past the end of the year? Not clever.

  2. P.S. Sorry that was a rant but tell me if I’m wrong. I love my Blackberry and I wish to keep getting Blackberry’s but it is frustrating to see this happen.

  3. thats well

  4. Yeah I agree RIM needs to add more hardware to their devices they are way behind on things

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