Finished (Updated…)

UPDATE: Scroll down. But they’re still finished, make no mistake about that.

I’ve mentioned in the past that RIM’s fundamental problem is that they’ve been shipping the same goddamn device, over and over again, since at least 2004. But check this out: on the heels of Blackberry’s recent announcements of collapsing financials and a management purge, I’ve just been informed that a new simulator is available for the upcoming Blackberry 9220, for developers to test on.

Noteworthy features include:

  • 320 x 240 resolution, 164 dpi
  • Memory: 512 MB Internal Persistent Storage, 512 MB RAM
  • 2 MP Camera, 5 X digital zoom
  • FM Radio

It apparently will play video, though at a maximum of 15 frames per second.

It’s got more memory, and adds wireless-N to the B/G (and, woo, an FM radio) but that’s the same screen and camera resolution that shipped in the Blackberry Curve 8320.

That shipped in 2007.

What. I. Do. Not. Even.

So, if you have RIM stock and haven’t gotten rid of it already, get out now.

UPDATE – Brought to me by Jasper in the comments: holy crap, check this out. The first mention of the 9220, dated 2008. Given that specs made perfect sense in 2008, this is craziness – Jasper rightly observes, it’s either been in development hell for four years, or they’ve just found a warehouse full of them somewhere and they’ve got to figure out how to get them out the door before RIM goes belly up for good.

I’m pretty sure – judging from the last of the comments – that this is just a numerical overlap. The first 9220 looks like the one they’re preparing to ship now, and the “9220 Curve” mentioned later in the comments (with specs that are significantly better than the 9220 of today, bizarrely) simply doesn’t exist.

Nevertheless – what a gong show.

3 Comments

  1. Jasper Janssen
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    512M of *storage*?

    I can only hope that they are positioning this phone as a low-to-mid-end 100-without-subisidy thing, and not a high end flagship.

  2. Jasper Janssen
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Incidentally: this device has apparently been in development hell since 2008:

    http://crackberry.com/next-blackberry-pipeline-9220

    That makes the specs actually surprisingly reasonable. It just doesn’t make it reasonable to release it now.

    It’s like they had a batch made back then and discovered it sitting in a warehouse somewhere.

  3. mhoye
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    God. Damn. That’s incredible. Good find.