Fresh details and this rather fetching official render of the upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9700 (aka the BlackBerry Onyx) have emerged, courtesy of CIO. Prematurely distributed by T-Mobile USA, they confirm that the Bold 9700 will pack both 3G and WiFi, together with support for UMA VoIP.
Rumors have been circulating for some time now that RIM would be giving their upcoming BlackBerry Onyx smartphone an optical trackpad, and now a live photo of the device seems to confirm that it does indeed depart from the traditional trackball. From RIM's perspective the optical version is better as it requires no moving parts, is less likely to clog up with finger gunk, and should reduce in-warranty repairs.
RIM's BlackBerry Onyx 9020 could be the second handset from the company to feature an optical trackpad instead of the usual trackball. While previous leaked shots of pre-release Onyx hardware have shown the smartphone with a trackball, according to the latest news from CrackBerry's trusted sources the final production version will definitely get the trackpad.
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.
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.
According to a leaked GameStop internal newsletter, Nintendo have discontinued the DS Lite Onyx handheld. The GameStop daily newsletter suggests that no further stock of the black DS Lite will be delivered, and that once stores have sold their remaining on-site stock they should remove any Onyx boxes and promotional material from the sales floor.
If you saw that sexy new Onyx and Crimson DS and were hoping to pick one up without having to get a bundle, you were likely disappointed. Until now, you have been forced to get a case and a copy of Brain Age 2. While the case is cool, some people just don't want to pay any more than they have to.
Looks like some congratulations are in order! Our friends over at Synaptics have been awarded the red dot online design concept award for Interaction & Communication for their Onyx prototype, as exclusively featured on SlashGear back in October 2006. Onyx is a new paradigm in gesture interface, where users control their cellphones via one and two-fingered sweeps, flicks and shapes.
We're still waiting to see the first commercial application of the technology, which combined Synaptics' proximal sensor pads and Pilotfish's GUI design, so let's hope that 2007 is the year for it! Congratulations again, guys.