Research In Motion just “officialized” the BlackBerry Tour 9630, although we won’t see the device until later this summer. The latest ‘Berry supports CDMA networks in the U.S., including EVDO Rev. A, as well as quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM and HDPA abroad. It still amazes me that BlackBerry can cram such high resolution into a 2.44″ display: The screen offers 480 x 360 res, just like the Bold.
Although the device has the legendary BlackBerry keyboard and should be a considered an emailer’s dream, the device is filled with both business and consumer features:
- 3.2-megapixel camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, autofocus and video recording (only to a microSD card)
- Full HTML browser
- 3.5mm headset jack and support for stereo Bluetooth
- Built-in GPS for geo-tagging and BlackBerry Maps
- BlackBerry Media Sync
- Preloaded DataViz Documents to Go
- Support for the BlackBerry App World
- 1400 mAh battery for 5 hours of talk, 14 days of standby
With the world-phone capabilities and the feature list, this is surely to be hit with travelers currently on a CDMA network like Verizon or Sprint. With Verizon’s flagship phone being a BlackBerry, I’d expect to see Verizon nab the Tour first. BGR suspects the same and anticipates a July release date on Verizon.
Want a tour of the Tour? RIM is happy to oblige.