Touchscreen BlackBerry 'Thunder' to storm to market in Q3?
RIM rumbles on
Stormclouds could be forming over Research in Motion's headquarters - and for once we're not referring to the 3G iPhone. It has been claimed that the company will unveil a touchscreen BlackBerry in Q3.
Although website BGR hasn’t shared the source of this information, the website claims the device is codenamed 'Thunder' and is likely to be sold as the BlackBerry 9500.
Thunder, of which only Photoshop mock-ups are currently available, looks rather similar to the iPhone. But the RIM phone has four physical buttons just below the touchscreen: call make and break keys, another for jumping into the phone’s main menu, and a step-back button.
The touchscreen looks about the same size as the iPhone’s display – around 3.5in – but RIM’s device also has more prominent curves around the sides, top and bottom.
Few tech specs about the rumoured handset are available yet, but Thunder will almost certainly support high-speed Internet connections and be sold with regional connection capabilities, such as HSDPA in the UK. However, it has also been alleged the BlackBerry will support 4G connectivity too.
Nothing official has been released about Thunder yet, but it's rumoured the handset will be introduced on Vodafone and Verizon.
Ok, I really don't care about touchscreen ... but this one means the BB can fight on even ground with the iPhone! w00t!!!
Even if I dislike the Jobsphere and the current state of Apple, I do agree that the iPhone seems to have sent handset manufacturers into an innovation spree. I just hope that the 9000's will be available when my contract finishes.... which will be 'till July 2009. Plenty of time! :)
My contract ends in September, so I will be looking for this too.
I personally think BBs beat iPhones as it is, with or without a touchscreen, but then I'm more of a browser than a music man anyway. But a touchscreen BB I could easily see doing well against the iPhone and I think the sometimes understated RIM have a realistic chance of putting up a good fight, if it wanted to in the first place!