The BlackBerry 9670 will supposedly be RIM’s first smartphone with a clamshell design and a QWERTY keyboard. Unconfirmed reports indicate that this device is going to be offered by both Verizon and Sprint.
Research in Motion has yet to officially announce this model, but details and images have been leaking out.
For some time, these seemed to indicate that the BlackBerry 9670 would be available only from Verizon, but an image that has appeared on the Web shows it with the Sprint logo.
Preliminary Overview of the BlackBerry 9670
RIM’s first BlackBerry with a clamshell design was the Pearl Flip, but this model has a SureType keyboard. The 9670 will allegedly have a full QWERTY keyboard.
It will also supposedly have 360 × 480 pixel internal display as well as a relatively large, color, external screen. It will include a trackpad, as neither of its displays will be a touchscreen.
Images of the device to leak out show it running BlackBerry OS 6.0, a new version of RIM’s operating system that debuted earlier this month on the BlackBerry Torch. This is a noticeably enhanced version with a redesigned home screen and a more advanced web browser, among other changes.
In addition to support for Sprint and Verizon’s CDMA networks, the 9670 will supposedly offer Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
Other items on the leaked feature list include a 5 megapixel camera as well as a microSD memory card slot.
Other details on this model remain unknown, however.
None of the unconfirmed reports on the BlackBerry 9670 have given a release date for either Verizon or Sprint. Still, images of prototype units being used in the field have been surfacing for four months now, so the debut is likely to be relatively soon.
The price is also unknown.