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New BlackBerrys Could Buoy RIM for a Bit

At long last, Research in Motion’s first BlackBerry 7 handsets are headed to market, and while they’re not the revolutionary devices the company claims its QNX BlackBerrys will be, they’re likely to give it a bit more traction in the consumer smartphone market.

Earlier this week, analyst Tero Kuittinen speculated that RIM could deliver a slightly better-than-expected fall performance if the new Bold 9900 sparks decent upgrade interest. “RIM may have a window to make a real mark with the new Bold and Curve launches before the Android tide swamps it,” Kuittinen wrote, adding that the Bold 9900 is a “make-or-break device” when it comes to creating revenue growth between the August and November quarters.

Today, RBC analyst Mike Abramsky echoes that sentiment, though with a bit more skepticism. He, too, believes there’s some possible upside to RIM’s new BlackBerry 7 phones.

“While not game-changing (evolutionary UI, design) and reviews expected mixed, BB7 handsets offer competitive processors, touchscreens, some with 4G, and may stimulate an upgrade cycle,” he writes. “While possibly offering a near-term earnings catalyst, we believe BlackBerry 7 is unlikely to reverse deeply negative investor sentiment over RIM’s future, pending improved visibility to success or failure of pending QNX handsets expected 2012.”

Abramsky’s sales outlook for RIM’s BlackBerry 7 handsets: 22 million units sold out of a total of 54 million, and an average selling price of $292.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik