Rumours are like colouring books. Outlines start the process, and over time, everything gets filled in. Sometimes the colours aren’t exact, and a lot of times they go right outside the lines (I blame the amateur leakers), but at the end of it, you get a pretty solid representation of the final product.
Lame analogies aside, we originally heard about a new Verizon BlackBerry on it’s way with the codename of “Cyclone”. Well, a recent post on BlackBerry Forums starts to fill in the details. We’re looking at a May/June timeframe for Verizon’s roll-out of what’s being called the BlackBerry 8830, Sprint’ll follow soon after with other carriers picking up the device in August. For a few more details, check out the quote after the jump.
So far all the test devices have Verizon software, or at least the ones we saw. The device will be trackball and will have a few new features some of which have been mentioned. It is quadband but will only be marketed as CDMA in North America and GSM in Europe and other markets.
It will also have a micro sd card slot and has a full media player, music and video! It will have a built in spell checker 64 MB on-board data and 16 MB ram. Overall it looks pretty cool, very similar to the 8800. Best features IMO are the next two: stereo bluetooth, and extended battery included when you buy. It has 33% more battery life than the standard in the 8703e so should be pretty good.
I really wish people used proper punctuation while on message boards. That was a hassle to edit. But there you go, pretty solid details – at least some vague release dates and a few other gaps filled in.