The BlackBerry 9700 is the BlackBerry Onyx?

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Today, you may have noticed that we put up a story saying the BlackBerry 9700 is the BlackBerry Onyx. We posted saying that the specs released on BGR of the BlackBerry 9700, were actually the specs for the Onyx, known as the 9020.

We had some internal arguments here at BlackBerry Cool as to what was going on with the BlackBerry naming system. Everyone has seen the screenshots of the 9020, and it was throwing us off. The post was pulled and we’ve come to a consensus about what is going on.

BlackBerry Cool is guessing that CrackBerry is using an outdated device number and the 9700 is just the BlackBerry Onyx, formerly known as the 9020. Here are our arguments:

  • RIM has a history of changing device numbers before release. This is nothing new.
  • The specs of the 9700 are the same as the “9020″
  • Also, we’ve been getting a lot of emails from tipsters saying so. Here is a quote from one source: “I have seen, touched, and used the Onyx and in the About screen it says 9700. It looks like the 9020 screenshots that are going around and it has a Bold-like back.”

Let’s wait for the release and see if BlackBerry Cool is right. It’s possible that the 9700 could be a device with the same specs as the 9020 with a slider or a touchscreen, but the truth is always much simpler.

  • DavidB

    Same specs essentially as Bold, but with Tour’s camera and Gemini/Aries trackpad. So it makes sense it would NOT be 9020 due to the trackpad.

  • DavidB

    Same specs essentially as Bold, but with Tour’s camera and Gemini/Aries trackpad. So it makes sense it would NOT be 9020 due to the trackpad.

  • http://zonablackberry.com.ve/ jhonmarck

    remember the magnum, RIM always play with all people about number and names ,9900,9220,9020,9700….¿?whata freak

  • http://zonablackberry.com.ve jhonmarck

    remember the magnum, RIM always play with all people about number and names ,9900,9220,9020,9700….¿?whata freak

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  • Peter Pan

    hmmm… seems an attempt at annoymity doesn’t work…

    Onyx=9700
    SW=5.1
    Wifi/3G
    Touch sensitive touchpad
    Rubbberised battery cover
    quite small, like 8900
    didn’t check for gps

  • Peter Pan

    hmmm… seems an attempt at annoymity doesn’t work…

    Onyx=9700
    SW=5.1
    Wifi/3G
    Touch sensitive touchpad
    Rubbberised battery cover
    quite small, like 8900
    didn’t check for gps

  • http://www.blackberrybold2.co.uk/ Blackberry Bold 9700

    You predicted this in July of this year ! Most of the leak sites have only just leaked this ,good work!

  • http://www.blackberrybold2.co.uk/ Blackberry Bold 9700

    You predicted this in July of this year ! Most of the leak sites have only just leaked this ,good work!

  • albert

    how much this phone????
    i like this body in fiture…

  • albert

    how much this phone????
    i like this body in fiture…

  • blossom

    why all this blackberry phone did’nt have 3G?????????????
    ;’(

  • blossom

    why all this blackberry phone did’nt have 3G?????????????
    ;’(

  • blossom

    why all this blackberry phone did’nt have 3G?????????????
    ;’(

  • blossom

    why all this blackberry phone did’nt have 3G?????????????
    ;’(

  • blossom

    why all this blackberry phone did’nt have 3G?????????????
    ;’(

  • Amalia

    so, i’ve just heard about that 9700 one and i’m really not sure what to get? i mean should i go for the 8900 since every one loves it or should i try the 9700 one which they promote for as a better one??!

  • Amalia

    so, i’ve just heard about that 9700 one and i’m really not sure what to get? i mean should i go for the 8900 since every one loves it or should i try the 9700 one which they promote for as a better one??!

  • Renu222

    very good phone for the business purpose

  • Lacey

    Doesn’t the Onyx have a black track ball thought ? When i googled Blackberry Onyx that’s what came up in the images. Looks the same as a Blackberry Bold 9700, but has a black track ball instead of the sensor pad. I have a blackberry that has the same housing and everything like the bold 9700 but mine has a black track ball, and I can’t find this phone anywhere else. I bought it off someone who got it off someone so I don’t know where the first owner got it from.