It has been about a year since RIM introduced a new cellular-wireless handheld to replace the 8700, so its not surprising that rumors have been going around for a while of a replacement that will supposedly be called the 8800.
Like its predecessor, this handheld will have a QWERTY keyboard, but it will also include many of the new multimedia features that debuted on RIM’s latest smartphone, the Pearl.
All that exists now is rumors, but they still paint a fairly consistent picture of this device.
What the Rumors Say
According to the latest reports, at 106 mm by 60 mm by 15.5 mm the BlackBerry 8800 will be thinner than previous handhelds from this company, but still use the same general design, so it will have a 320-by-240-pixel display above its keyboard.
This handheld is expected to offer a Media Player that can handle both audio and video playback/streaming It will allow people to use stereo headsets.
Multimedia files take up a great deal of memory, so the 8800 will reportedly include a miniSD card slot to supplement its 64 MB of internal storage.
According to rumor, this BlackBerry will offer numerous options for wireless connectivity. In addition to be a quad-band GSM device with EDGE, it will also have Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0.
At this point, the BlackBerry 8800 is expected to debut in spring of 2007. It is not yet know what carriers will offer it.