Rumor: Blackberry Touchscreen 1.0 and Pearl 2.0 coming soon?

So this report from Research GMP Securities adds a lot of weight to this rumor, but its been around for so long that I am keeping it on rumor status until I see the damn thing. Nonetheless the people at GMP are reporting that they were shown exhibits from a couple different patent applications, the first a touchscreen Blackberry, the second a new Pearl.

The Touchscreen Blackberry, or BlackBerry Touchscreen, has several other new features, obviously the large tough-screen is the biggest one since it's the first device RIM will have ever made with a touchscreen. On top of that though, there is a slide out keyboard, GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G and a 3.5-inch 320x480 display. Also, they are talking about an entirely new OS that would both utilize the touch-screen and offer up multithreading capabilities so you can do more than one thing at once.

The second, and noticeably more boring, device is the Pearl 2.0 sans the SureType keypad. Instead, they are going to have a rotating keyboard, QWERTY on one side, numbers on the other which would make it easier to dial a number, and easier to type without getting the two mixed up.

Blackberry Touchscreen 1.0 and Pearl 2.0 [via phonemag]