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More Details on the Upcoming BlackBerry Slider

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BGR dropped some info on the upcoming BlackBerry slider we’ve been hearing rumors about for a long time now. While none of the details are confirmed, it’s still interesting to read through the possible specs. We’ll be able to confirm at least some of these specs when we have a visual, but for now we’re just going on rumor.

Here is what we’re hearing:

  • It’s a portrait-oriented slider. While most people assume a device with slideout keyboard would end up being something like HTC’s devices, we’ve been told this particular handset is more like the Palm Pre in terms of layout.
  • The phone will run BlackBerry OS 6.0.
  • The rumored device will 100% support Wi-Fi 802.11n.
  • The resolution unfortunately has not improved, it is still 360×480.
  • No word on if this will have a touch screen, but we’d assume so, and our source alluded to this possibly being what the rumored BlackBerry Magnum/Dakota evolved into. Not saying there won’t be a Bold-like device with touchscreen, optical trackpad, and physical keyboard, but this might be released first.
  • If it does have a touch screen, this could in fact be the mythical BlackBerry Storm slider — picture a Storm 9520 with a slide up Bold-esque keyboard.
  • The phone will not be a Verizon exclusive — it’s supposed to be a GSM/HSPA device.

It would be a shame if this device didn’t come with a touchscreen because I think touchscreens have the most consumer appeal and app potential. Especially if this device is going to be running OS 6, there should be a host of features to make development easier. BlackBerry widgets will be fully supported by then as well as probably even more APIs by that time. In any case, this is shaping up to be an interesting form factor.

BlackBerry Cool Roundup for the Week of January 25th

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The most exciting news this week was definitely checking out the BlackBerry Magnum. It’s really a shame that this device will never see the light of day (sources tell us), but it’s still very possible that a touchscreen/QWERTY hybrid is in the cards. Even though the Magnum had no OS loaded on it, we could still see that it used SurePress, which in my opinion would have been a little awkward. On the other hand, the Bold 9000 form factor is one I sincerely miss and hope RIM brings it back.

For all of you who want the BlackBerry Cool wallpaper that I use for these posts, download it from the above image (large size here) and use our Wallpaper service to resize the image. Now lets get caught up on the news.
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Video of the BlackBerry Magnum Shows SurePress Tech

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The BlackBerry Magnum is the a hybrid touchscreen and QWERTY device that is encased in a Bold 9000 form factor. Cellguru has an engineering version on hand and after having previously posted pics, he now has some video up. The device doesn’t have an OS loaded on it because it’s clearly very early in the engineering phase. Everyone I’ve spoken to says this device isn’t going to make it to market, which is a shame because I love the form factor and I would definitely buy this device. What do you think?

Leaked BlackBerry Magnum Is Cool But Will Not Launch

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Cellguru got his hands on the BlackBerry Magnum, the touchscreen QWERTY hybrid that we’ve been hearing rumors about for some time now. While this device has been scrapped and will probably never see the light of day, there are also rumors of a BlackBerry Dakota which could come to market. The Dakota is still in very early planning stages so it’s still in the air about what to expect. It’s unlikely that the Dakota will come in a Bold 9000 form factor, which is sort of a shame.
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Possible specs for BlackBerry Bold 9900 aka Pluto and Magnum 9220

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Every now and then we come across a spec sheet put together by a fairly unknown source. Today, we’re seeing the possible specs for the BlackBerry Pluto and the BlackBerry Magnum.

The BlackBerry Pluto hasn’t shown it’s face in the blogosphere yet but there are rumors of it being touchscreen QWERTY hybrid. According to these specs, it’s closer to the Onyx, and it’s a Bold replacement. The specs are a little off but that is to be expected with prerelease devices. For example, the optical trackpad isn’t listed but that is usually the last thing to be put into the device before release. The Magnum is listed as having the Bold as a predecessor, and rumors suggest the Magnum is basically an 8900 with 3G.

I’ve posted the rumored specs for both, but I’m personally really skeptical. For now, lets just use the specs as a launching pad for discussions about the upcoming devices.

What do you think about the specs as they’re presented? The expected release dates for both devices is September 2009, which is doable but really soon.

Click through for the potential specs for the BlackBerry 9900 aka Pluto and the BlackBerry Magnum 9220

(Rumor) Upcoming BlackBerry device information leaked

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BGR has got his hands on some leaked codenames for upcoming BlackBerry devices. The specs for the devices are confirmed, but the release dates are still unknown. Here is the breakdown:

BlackBerry Onyx:

* GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS device
* GPS
* Camera
* Wi-Fi (no UMA support)
* QWERTY keyboard
* 480×360 resolution screen
* Confirmed carriers: AT&T

BlackBerry Driftwood:

* GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS device
* GPS
* Camera
* Wi-Fi with UMA
* QWERTY keyboard

BlackBerry Magnum:

* GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS device
* GPS
* Camera
* Wi-Fi (no UMA support)
* QWERTY keyboard
* 480×360 resolution screen
* Confirmed carriers: AT&T
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Pre-BBDC Wrap-up: Stuff that happened while we were in the air

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You can always tell if a show will be good based upon the amount of buzz and news that surrounds it. The BlackBerry Developer Conference is no exception: apparently news in the BlackBerry world only breaks now when you’re in the air without a stable Wi-Fi connection. Here’s everything important that’s happened in the last 48 hours.

AT&T BlackBerry Bold to (finally) be released October 27: The Boy Genius has posted training slides indicating that the BlackBerry Bold might actually see release on AT&T before halloween, but at this point, do you release trust any AT&T Bold release date? (via BGR)

The National Post explains the BlackBerry Storm’s name Surprisingly it has nothing to do with Halle Berry or the X-Men. Shame. (via National Post)

RIM’s 2009 lineup gets clarified (kinda) Boy Genius was also able to get his hands upon Rogers upcoming BlackBerry lineup. Remember the BlackBerry Magnum we told you about a few days ago? Apparently it’s actual development name is the Pluto, which doesn’t sound as cool. Here’s what BG had to say:

* BlackBerry Curve 8900 in Q1
* BlackBerry Storm variant in Q2
* BlackBerry 9220 (Magnum, think BlackBerry Curve 8900 with 3G) in Q3
* BlackBerry 9900 (Pluto, think Bold with touchscreen) in Q4

BlackBerry Magnum to appear at WES 2009?

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Jinkies, it looks like we weren’t totally sniffing the wrong tree when we pointed to 2009 as a possibility for a touchscreen BlackBerry on Rogers. Both BGR and BlackBerry News have posted today about a previously unseen BlackBerry that is reported to make an appearance at WES 2009: the BlackBerry Magnum.

So what exactly is the BlackBerry Magnum? Apparently only a U.S. HSDPA, BlackBerry Curve 8900 form factor with a BlackBerry Storm-like touchscreen. Which, although exciting, kind of sounds like a souped-up Palm Treo. Anyways, the amount of BlackBerrys RIM is looking to release is making my head spin. We’ll tell you more as we learn it.

(via BBNews, BGR)




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