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BlackBerry Style 9670 Review: The First Clamshell, Full QWERTY BlackBerry

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The BlackBerry Style is official and has launched on most carriers for $99.99 on a 2 year contract (after a mail-in rebate). With TELUS, the Style will be $49.99 on a three year contract. The Style comes in steel gray and royal purple, as well as the standard black and features BlackBerry 6 out of the box.

The Style is an interesting form factor that has been hugely popular over the years but isn’t necessarily a modern trend. When you look at the devices that are gaining a lot of steam and popularity, a clamshell form factor doesn’t come to mind. Still, you can’t deny the prevalence of these devices and if anyone is going to do it at a good price point and modern design, it’s RIM. I’ve been using the device for about a month now, so lets take a deep look at this device, and see what it’s like. Hit the jump for the full review.
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RIM and Sprint Introduce the Clamshell BlackBerry Style 9670

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It’s official, RIM and Sprint have introduced the BlackBerry Style 9670, which they’re billing as the “first full-QWERTY keyboard BlackBerry in a flip form factor.” The Style has two high rez dispays, allowing you to get a preview of messages, phone calls, music and calendar reminders. The Style will ship with BlackBerry 6, a WebKit browser, and integrated social feeds.

Other features of the BlackBerry Style include:

  • 5MP camera with flash, autofocus and support for video recording
  • Available in Royal Purple and Steel Grey colors
  • External high resolution display (240 x 320), internal high resolution display (360 x 400)
  • Dual Band CDMA/EVDO Rev. A; CDMA 800; CDMA 1900
  • Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • 512 MB Flash, microSDHC memory card slot (up to 32 GB)
  • BlackBerry App World pre-loaded
  • BlackBerry 6
  • RSS and social networking feeds

The BlackBerry Style will be available nationally on Oct. 31 for $99.99 (after a $100 mail-in rebate). Starting Tuesday, customers can also reserve the Steel Grey BlackBerry Style at sprint.com/bbstyle to be purchased on October 31. The Royal Purple color will be available in November.

BlackBerry Clamshell 9670 Oxford Specs Leaked in More Internal Slides

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A new clamshell BlackBerry is on the way and we have a few more details about it leaked from some internal slides that have been going around. The device is expected to launch relatively soon with Sprint and the overview slides answer some questions about the upcoming device. The clamshell is said to have the following specs:

  • CDMA
  • 5MP Camera
  • 240×320 external display
  • 360×400 internal display
  • Trackpad

There is probably a lot of market research from Sprint that says customers are looking for a clamshell BlackBerry. The same demographic that bought the Pearl Flip is probably going to love the 9670 Oxford.

Would you pick up this device?

BlackBerry Clamshell 9670 Simulator Leaked Online

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If you’re a developer working on an app for the Clamshell 9670, you can get early access to a simulator leaked online. This device simulator is running 6.0.0.151 so you’ll be working with the latest. That being said, this is not official RIM software so there could be bugs and issues that still need fixed.

Download the Clamshell 9670 simulator from the following links:

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US Cellular Confirms BlackBerry Clamshell 9670 and Bold 9650

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US Cellular has confirmed by press release that they will be offering the BlackBerry Bold 9650 in early August and a “BlackBerry flip smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard”. The 9670 looked pretty ugly when pictures first surfaced but the more we see of this device, the better it looks. It looks like Verizon will be the first to offer the device with US Cellular next. There are many Pearl Flip users out there who are looking forward to this upgrade.

Poll: What Unreleased BlackBerry Would You Buy in 2010?

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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.
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