What a day for leaks! The BlackBerry 9670, a clamshell BlackBerry with OS 6, which seems to be a futuristic looking Pearl Flip, has been leaked online. The BlackBerry clamshell has been rumored to exist for ages, but only in patent form. The problem is that patents are constantly filed for a number of form factors, so there’s no telling which one will actually get manufactured. Well it turns out the 9670 clamshell is a real device and is running some pretty awesome specs.
So far we know the BlackBerry 9670 is a CDMA device with WiFi, a 360×480 display, trackpad, OS 6, microUSB, microSD, and a 5MP camera!
This device looks great but you have to wonder if it will be a success. RIM doesn’t have a great track record with clamshell/flip form factors. Have you ever seen anyone in public rocking a Pearl Flip? It happens very rarely. While we will never truly learn device specific sales because RIM keeps it secret, we can speculate from the fact that many developers avoid the Pearl Flip in porting that it’s probably not a big device sales-wise. Was it the flip form factor or the fact that the Pearl Flip had other deficiencies? It will be interesting to see how this device pans out.