Smartphones with touchscreens are all the rage now, and it appears even RIM isn’t going to be able to buck the trend. There have been rumors about the first BlackBerry with a touchscreen for some time, and now an image of this device has supposedly appeared.
The picture in question, leaked to Boy Genius Report, shows a device that looks a great deal like some were expecting: a tablet shape with a relatively large screen.
No keyboard, not even a sliding one, appears in the picture, and neither does a trackball. There are, however, a full collection of standard control buttons.
This smartphone will supposedly be called the BlackBerry Thunder, and very few additional details are known about it.
It is expected to be released at some point before the end of this year. The the leaked image has the Verizon Wireless logo, which means it will run on CDMA wireless networks, but a wide variety of carriers are likely to eventually offer this model, including ones that use the GSM standard.