Before we go any further, we’d like to point out that most of what follows is rumor and well-reasoned conjecture; we don’t want to pull an Engadget and have RIM’s stock fall (or jump) a bazillion points due to one little post.
That being said, the BlackBerry Cool office has strong reason to believe that RIM’s been hiding/developing a black variant to their BlackBerry Curve.
BBCool HQ got a message last night from a friend who works for a prominent BlackBerry Alliance member, whispering about a Black Curve. This friend asked us if we had seen any more of the devices out in open; we replied that we hadn’t even heard of a Black Curve, much less seen one. Our staff set out to investigate.
Now, let’s quickly run through all the easy answers to what the Black Curve could be before we go all smoking gun on ya. First of all, it could be simply be some early development versions of the original BlackBerry Curve. RIM sends out devices to Alliance partners well before hardware is finalized to help companies get the jump on software development. These pre-final devices often feature casing components that will never see the light of day for the general populace — things like clear or funky colored casing, improper carrier branding and cheap keypads are common. It is possible that the Black Curve is just an early dev-model 8300 that RIM produced when they were still exploring their casing options for the device.
Another possibility is that it is simply one in a variety of different colored Curves that will be coming to carriers soon, similar to the White and Red Pearls. It’s important to remember that the Curve is the only RIM device other than the Pearl to receive a consumer marketing push, and will likely feature different colored variants eventually (how about a pink one? -ed).