Information leaking from Sprint shows that the wireless carrier will soon add two more BlackBerry models to its product lineup. One of them is will be a second-generation Tour, while the other will be the Pearl Flip.
In January, a quick note from RIM promised that it would soon announce the “BlackBerry Tour 9650”; since then there have been persistent but unconfirmed reports that the model will be renamed the BlackBerry Bold 9650.
Despite this, the 9650 clearly will be the successor to the original BlackBerry Tour, as it will apparently use almost exactly the same design as this model but with a an optical trackpad instead of a trackball.
It will supposedly have an HVGA display, full-QWERTY keyboard, mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 3.2 MP camera, microSD slot and a GPS receiver.
According to a recent unconfirmed report, the smartphone – whatever it ends up being called – will be released next month.
It’s a bit odd, because the smartphone first debuted in 2008 and was later picked up by Verizon in mid-2009. The product number in Sprint’s system is the same as the one used by Verizon, so the carrier is apparently going to introduce a product more than a year after its competitors.
Still, it’s possible Sprint’s version will debut with the latest version of the BlackBerry OS, which would be a fairly significant enhancement.
The current 8230 has a QVGA display and a SureType keyboard. It sports 3G mobile broadband, Bluetooth, GPS and a a microSD memory card slot.