RIM's mysterious BlackBerry slider has surfaced again, and this time it's apparently running BlackBerry OS 6. Images of the phone sent to BBLeaks show what's believed to be an early version of the new platform - itself expected to arrive in Q3 2010 - as well as our first glimpse of the phone powered on and even a rumored name: the BlackBerry Slider 9800.
After its first blurry sighting, the BlackBerry Slider has shown up again in a new set of photos this time looking far clearer. According to BBLeaks the device - which won't power on due to a "bad battery" - lacks the physically-clicking SurePress display of previous touchscreen BlackBerry devices, and from the photos we can see that RIM have fitted a large touchscreen and QWERTY in roughly the same bulk as the BlackBerry 8900.
Live images of what seems to be like a BlackBerry slider phone have just surfaced online, and while source BlackBerry Leaks hasn’t been able to verify the authenticity of the images, this looks to be very much from maker RIM.
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.
What we're looking at here is the first image of the BlackBerry Milan, a slide-up QWERTY keyboard revealing BBX (aka BlackBerry 10) device that shows the future of RIM-made smartphones in several clearly new features both in image and in rumor surrounding the device. The image is from CrackBerry where writer Kevin Michaluk notes he also has a set of tips on the device that make it a good indicator of what's to come from RIM in 2012. Rounded corners looking like the PlayBook and a higher density pixel array through the display are but two of the innovations coming down the chute.
The more we see RIM's upcoming BlackBerry 9800 touchscreen slider, the more impressed we are. In the latest batch of videos to sneak out to Salomondrin, the 9800 demonstrates its BlackBerry OS 6 media and browser credentials, making short work of not only the previous browser but what you'll find on the iPhone and Android devices.
RIM are yet to officially confirm the BlackBerry 9800 slider, despite us having seen it in various leaked photoshoots and videos, but already you can pick up replacement parts for the smartphone. CIO spotted that retailer Truesupplier is currently offering an OEM replacement keyboard for the 9800 slider.
The BlackBerry Bold 9800 slider leaks continue thick and fast as the touchscreen slider works its way toward the market, BlackBerry OS 6 in tow. The BerryFix have managed to get their hands on the smartphone, and perhaps the best news is that RIM haven't used their SurePress "clicky" touchscreen technology on the phone.
RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9800 slider has shown up in the wild again, and this time it's showing off a little more of the company's work in BlackBerry OS 6. The WebKit engine is apparently heavily integrated into the new OS, and here it makes an appearance scoring a full 100/100 in the Acid3 browser test.
RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9800 slider looks to be going head to head with the fourth-generation iPhone HD this coming June, with BGR hearing from several of their sources at the company that AT&T are ramping up for a release of the touchscreen QWERTY handset in the same month as Apple's next phone is expected to arrive. In fact, they're sounding pretty gung-ho about the launch; AT&T have apparently ordered more than 1,000,000 units.