No exact date and no country names in RIM’s press release.
Expect it end of November / December 2011.
Now, december, in many countries available.
What I found in reviews;
– slim, light and powerful
– solid build
– functional and future-proof
– no front camera
– no physical QWERTY keyboard
– more for media than for productivity
– not cheap
update jan.10; Certified for VISA PayWave
BlackBerry Tag demo, NFC sharing app., expected with O.S. update 7.1.
update jan.1; BlackBerry 7.1 O.S. for some customers available (ota update).
Share content between BlackBerry devices; by tapping two NFC Phones together,
“you’ll be able to transfer ringtones, voice notes, contacts, images, videos, calendar items,
documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, PDFs and browser links”.
Developers can add other data types to the list of supported content!
Like Android Beam, you can share almost anything.
RIM published a specifications sheet;
(L x W x D) 109mm x 60mm x 11.2mm
3.2” HVGA+ touch screen 480 X 360 pixel resolution at 188ppi
Software BlackBerry 7 OS
+GSM Talk Time: up to 5.5 hours
+GSM Standby Time: up to 15 days
+UMTS Talk Time: up to 5.8 hours
+UMTS Standby Time: up to 15 days
+Audio Playback: up to 30 hours
+Video Playback: up to 5.5 hours
512 MB on-board memory,
expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card
Operating Modes: reader/writer, card emulation
Powered by Accelerometer and Magnetometer
5MP camera with flash, image stabilization, 4x digital zoom, scene modes,
VGA video recording (640 X 480)
Integrated GPS with A-GPS
2.4 GHz – 802.11 b/g/n enabled
+Quad-Band: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
+Tri-Band UMTS networks :
Variant A: (800/850)/1900/2100 MHz
Variant B: 900/1700/2100 MHz
Source sheet (pdf) from RIM