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BlackBerry 9670 Oxford Clamshell with Full QWERTY Leaked


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.

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RIM to release clamshell flip phone codenamed Kickstart?


The BlackBerry KickstartThe Boy Genius Report has the first pictures of a new clamshell form factor BlackBerry, codename Kickstart. Up until now we had heard only the vaguest allusions to a clamshell phone from RIM, but the BGR’s picture gallery looks pretty legit. The phone uses a SureType keypad and sports both an internal and external LCD, as well as a trackball and camera, although camera specs weren’t mentioned. BGR says RIM will be releasing it before the end of the year. They also say they’ve known about it for a while, but were waiting on proof before they went public with the info. It certainly looks like they found it.

RIM looking good for Q4 earnings report


RIMCanaccord Adams has an optimistic outlook for RIM’s quarterly report coming out tonight, claiming results will exceed expectations. There’s high a volume of orders out there for the recently-launched CDMA Curve, slated to do go out across three carriers, which should push sales well into the next quarter. As for the competition? “[Canaccord Adams analyst Peter Misek] sees no credible threats to RIM’s dominance in this segment, saying Nokia is ‘still nowhere’ in enterprise and Apple’s iPhone has ‘failed to make a dent’ despite recent enterprise-related announcements.” The Financial Post also alludes to a clamshell BlackBerry. I dunno about you guys, but I haven’t heard a peep about that. Considering it was mentioned in the same breath as “touchscreen”, it might be worth shrugging off as wishful thinking.