It’s common knowledge that BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) is working a number of BlackBerry smartphones with interesting new form factors, including the first BlackBerry with a slide-out keyboard, another flip-phone-style device and an update to its most popular product line, the Curve. But despite frequently leaked images, video clips and technical specifications, RIM still hasn’t officially announced any of them.
As such, I won’t take up too much space here talking up the devices, but the new video clips, which come to you courtesy of Salomondrin, a self-proclaimed “007 of the Phone World,” are worth a watch, since they provide what could be the clearest look at these upcoming RIM wares, all of which are expected to launch in 2010.
Personally, I have my eye on that slider. I’m not really a fan of flip phones and I could never get used to RIM’s original Pearl Flip. I much prefer RIM’s Bold-style keyboard to its Curve keypad, so the 9300 is not really an option for me, either. But the BlackBerry 9800, with both a touch-screen and Bold-style keyboard, as well as RIM’s latest mobile OS, BlackBerry 6, looks like it could be right up my alley.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.