There are rumors that we’ll be seeing at least six more BlackBerry devices with OS 6 before 2011. Among these devices are some interesting form factors including a touch slider, clamshell and possibly a touchscreen Bold/Curve. There are pictures of many of these devices which confirm that they are at least being worked on but doesn’t prove they will make it to market. We’ve heard the touchscreen Bold was scrapped, but it could be brought to market if the carriers see potential for it.
When the iPhone 4 was leaked, Apple complained that it negatively impacted sales of the iPhone 3GS. Everyone who was going to buy an iPhone decided to wait until the new iPhone 4 launched. The same could be true of BlackBerry leaks. Many users are going to wait before buying a new BlackBerry until one of the rumored devices launches. Are you one of these users? What device are you waiting on?
Click through for more information about each device.
BlackBerry Bold 9800 Slider “Talladega”
The BlackBerry Bold 9800 Slider aka the BlackBerry Torch is most definitely real and coming to market on AT&T this summer. The slider is also going to be the first device to launch with OS 6. Other specs for the 9800 slider include:
- Capacitive 480×360 touscreen
- Slideout QWERTY keyboard
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB storage
- WiFi 802.11n
- 5MP camera with flash
- HSDPA radio
3G Curve 9300/9330 Kepler/Aries II
The 9300 Kepler is the next generation version of the Curve 8500. The 9300 is rumored to have:
- 320×240 resolution screen (not touch)
- 802.11n WiFi
- 256MB memory
- HSPA 3G (Kepler) and EV-DO 3G (for Aries II)
Emerging Markets Bold Atlas
The BlackBerry Atlas is rumored to be a Bold for emerging markets. The device is said to launch with an 8900-style keyboard, trackpad and evolved-EDGE radio.
Touchscreen Bold 9900 Onyx Delta
The BlackBerry Onyx Delta rumored to launch with a 5MP camera and 512MB of memory. This device might be a touchscreen variant of the 9700, which would be a pretty cool combination. Hopefully the form factor works, as it seems like the screen would be pretty cramped for touch.
9670 Clamshell Oxford
The BlackBerry Clamshell 9670 is rumored to be launching on Verizon and will essentially be the next-generation Pearl Flip. This device does not have a touchscreen and features a 360×480 screen, external preview screen, EVDO radio, 5MP camera and OS 6.
Touchscreen Curve Dakota
There have been rumors of the Dakota for some time and many thought the device would be scrapped. Pictures of the rumored device look really great and there are many users who like the larger form factor who would appreciate the thumb space. Unlike the 9800, this device would not have the optical trackpad which makes a little more sense as a touchscreen and trackpad seems a little redundant.