Yes, “Electron.” It’s been awhile since we’ve heard the development code name of the BlackBerry 8700, hasn’t it. Well, it’s popped up again on a FCC document for a new, otherwise unamed BlackBerry device (FCC ID: L6ARBF20CW). So what exactly is this device? Check out our answer after the jump.
Ok, so Boy Genius tells us that, beyond the BlackBerry 8100/Pearl, there are two new RIM devices which will arrive shortly. One is an 8700-styled BlackBerry with built-in WiFi capabilities. The other is the 8200, the full QWERTY version of the Pearl, with more RAM, a better processor and streamlined case.
Because of the image below that we found on the FCC’s site, we believe this new device to be the WiFi BlackBerry. The casing seems to be exactly the same as the 8700, making it more worthy of the “Electron” brand than the 8200. Also, there’s no indication of a camera on the back, which is where the Pearl’s camera is to be found. But don’t take our word for it, check it out yourself.
As for when this WiFi BlackBerry is dropping, we have some idea. There are two FCC pages (here and here) which indicate that the User Manual, Internal, and External Device docs have been embargoed until October 7th or 8th. Now, this could mean that we’ll see this device announced on two separate carriers a day apart, but it’s more likely that it’s just a typo.
Regardless, it all kind of makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, doesn’t it?