RIM is apparently experimenting with a new design, and a future BlackBerry may sport a sliding keyboard and a touchscreen, something this company hasn’t tried before.
This isn’t the first time there have been unconfirmed reports that RIM is working on a slider, but today’s is the most detailed so far. And it includes a surprise: instead of a landscape-oriented sliding keyboard, this BlackBerry will supposedly have a portrait-oriented one, similar to the keyboard on the Palm Pre.
The Touchscreen will supposedly have a resolution of 360 by 480 pixels, but the size of this display is not yet known.
Say Hello to BlackBerry OS 6.0
The source for the leaked image also revealed a few of of the specifications for this upcoming smartphone, most notably that it will run BlackBerry OS 6.0, a not-yet-announced version of RIM’s operating system.
The prototype unit is a GSM phone with HSDPA 3G, but that doesn’t preclude the possibility of a CDMA version for Verizon and/or Sprint.
This device will also allegedly include Wi-Fi (802.11n).
Many Unknowns Remain
Although the information leaking out about this smartphone gives some details, not all of them are available. At the top of the “unknown” list is the name.
Also still a mystery is when it will be released, and the names of the carriers who will offer it.