BlackBerry with slideout keyboard on the way?

Boy Genius Report quotes an unnamed source with information about a touch-screen BlackBerry with a sliding keyboard. We have the rumored specs.

BGR's mock-up of the rumored smartphone
BGR's mock-up of the rumored smartphone. Boy Genius Report

An unnamed source has alerted Boy Genius Report about the existence of a BlackBerry device with a slideout keyboard. BGR is guessing this product will have a touch-screen display, which will make it a hybrid of the company's Storm and Bold smartphones. The rumored specs are as follows:

  • Portrait-oriented slider
  • To run BlackBerry OS 6.0
  • Will support 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • Screen resolution of 360x480 pixels

Such a product will give users the best of both worlds--a large touch screen for viewing documents and surfing the Web, and a physical keypad for speedy text input.

It's not a new idea, with products such as the Palm Pre and HTC Touch Dual sporting such a form factor, but it will be a first from Research In Motion. Would you buy such a BlackBerry? Sound off in Talkback below.

(Source: Crave Asia via ZDNet)

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