Having been caught in the wild earlier this month, the BlackBerry Magnum has shown up again for a quick video play. Pairing a QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen display - long considered the Holy Grail by some RIM-lovers - this particular prototype lacks anything so helpful as an OS, but will still power on.
RIM's rumored BlackBerry Magnum has been spotted in the wild, at least in prototype form. As you might quickly spot, the smartphone lacks a center trackball or touchpad; instead, this full-QWERTY BlackBerry has a touchscreen display.
Details of three new BlackBerry handsets have emerged, courtesy of the Boy Genius, all of which are believed to be 9000-series devices. The three smartphones - Onyx, Driftwood and Magnum - are all GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS handsets with GPS, cameras and QWERTY keyboards. The Onyx and Magnum are both confirmed for AT&T, while the Driftwood supports WiFi UMA and as such is predicted for a T-Mobile launch.
The talk of a BlackBerry slider smartphone continues to bubble, and BGR's sources reckon they have some fresh information on the matter. The in-development device is apparently a portrait-orientation slider, more similar to the Palm Pre in form-factor than it is to the more common side-sliding QWERTY handsets, and it's likely to have a touchscreen along with the pull-out 'board. In fact the source reckons this particular BlackBerry is what the ongoing Magnum/Dakota project - which paired a keyboard, touchscreen and optical joystick - evolved into.
That would leave the unnamed new device as pretty much a BlackBerry Storm 9520 with a slide-up keyboard similar to the BlackBerry Bold. Other specs include WiFi 802.11n - "100% support" insists the source - and a 360 x 480 display. Software is expected to be BlackBerry OS 6.0, and - best of all - this isn't going to be a Verizon exclusive; RIM's first slider will be a GSM/HSPA device.
Live images of an upcoming BlackBerry smartphone have leaked, believed to be the BlackBerry Onyx first tipped back in April. Full specifications for the handset are unknown, but it's believed to be a 3G device which will slot into AT&T's line-up.