We pity the fool that wouldn't want BlackBerry's Mr. T
This article contains unofficial information.
There are many people out there who say they would love to buy a touchscreen BlackBerry if only it combined the Storm's screen with one of RIM's outstanding physical QWERTY keyboards. Someone must have blown out his birthday candles real hard because TheCoolGuyReport has provided some info on a touchscreen BlackBerry called "Mr. T" that will reportedly sport a landscape slider. While RIM handsets with a QWERTY have always had the keyboard in portrait mode (like the Bold, the Curve, the Tour and the upcoming 9700), "Mr. T" is the first BlackBerry with a landscape QWERTY, which would allow for wider buttons and (hopefully) for extremely easy typing.
If you are a non-believer about such a device coming to market, consider that the tipster behind this story is the gentleman who has been producing those great Storm 2 videos and he apparently has a legit connection with RIM. He adds that the screen is the same size as the Storm's and that like the sequel to the 9530, the ON/OFF and SEND/CANCEL buttons will be on the screen. It looks like with "Mr.T", RIM is calling out the A-Team as smartphone competition gets tougher and tougher. This model could have everything that the BlackBerry fan wants from a handset. The story comes from information that seems solid. The picture, on the other hand, has been made just to give you an idea of what a BlackBerry with such a design may look like.
source: TheCoolGuyReport via BerryReporter
1. nick315 (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Feb 2009)
you can clearly see the windows mobile key on that keyboard. I dont think that Blackberry would put a slide out keyboard on the device. It's already bulky enough...
15. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
They need to have a (+) (-) (!) on crappy Phone Arena journalists... I would spam this article in a second....Or atleast boo it...
2. BigRed83 (Posts: 143; Member since: 19 May 2008)
I think it's a mockup of what RIM 'could' put out as Mr. T
3. nick315 (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Feb 2009)
could you honestly see them putting something extra like that on the Blackberry seeing that its already that bulky?
4. iberrystorm (Posts: 67; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)
o wow its a fake! its the storm over the htc tytn 2. if this is real, rim s getting desperate trying to copy htc. htc ftw!
7. sinfulta (Posts: 268; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I love how they photoshopped (and badly) a HTC Tytn2 /UTstarcomm-HTCVX5800 keyboard and placed a Blackberry Storm 9500 (GSM Version) over one another and didn't even take the time to change the keys. So lazy. Wither the rumor about them eventually coming out with a sliding keyboard is true or not I can't say... but this is definitely not it.
6. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
why need a keyboard? it's perfect the way it is.
18. stuntz (Posts: 178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
perfect and bb storm are words that dont coexisist.
8. crd22 (Posts: 77; Member since: 15 Apr 2008)
Cmon, seriously PhoneArena??? This is the worst photoshop ever, and it is clearly an HTC keyboard. The fact that there's a Windows key AND the keyboard is like half the size of the rest of the phone gives it away. So much for being a reliable source.... jk, but this is still unbelievable
13. iceman23 (Posts: 31; Member since: 21 Sep 2009)
I concur, that keyboard looks like some clunky widows mobile piece of crap! Also the Blackberry itself has the buttons of the storm 1!!!!
17. remixfa (Posts: 14223; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
wow, you guys dont read much do you. they even say in the last line that its just a pic to give an "idea" of what it would look like, not a real pic. as much as i love to hate on phonearena when they do something stupid, this time they covered their butts
9. paintballguy113 (Posts: 16; Member since: 29 Sep 2008)
LOL nice. WHoever made the picture just put an HTC Tilt under the Storm. But Maybe it's just a mockup, a general idea.
19. VZW_redrep (Posts: 11; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)
SSSAAAAAMMMMMEEEEEEEE SSSSSSHHHHIIIIITTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its a tilt(code named tytn). DIP STICK.
10. lilmoney30 (Posts: 7; Member since: 14 Sep 2009)
This topic was just brought up in crackberry's latest podcast. Pics of the patent came out last year before the storm came out. I think its a great idea and it shows that Rim is trying to make devices for everyone.
12. iberrystorm (Posts: 67; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)
i also cant help to think if this would to ever happen it would be like soft keys on the tour but the buttons would be bigger to fir the size of the storm thingy...
20. VZW_redrep (Posts: 11; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)
iberrystorm needs to go to school. Who really says "thingy". iberry ftw! jk
21. iberrystorm (Posts: 67; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)
well, the reason i said thingy is because the picture looks like a storm right now, but if this ever comes out in the future who knows what rim would call this device...
16. Cali_E (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Sep 2008)
it looks lke the keyboard to the xv6800...lol
24. nosense (Posts: 53; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)
ok i like how everyone is commenting on how fake the picture looks and blowing up PhoneArena when PhoneArena themselves admit its just for show. lets talk about the phone wont we?
25. dougiedoug24 (Posts: 9; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)
This is kinda like photoshopping a flux capacitor onto a refrigerator and saying this is what time travel devices might look like.
26. WKlingbeil (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
What? You've never seen the Fluxerator? You must be behind on the time-travel news, I've already travelled back to the days of King Arthur with it... Cool stuff, brought back a sword that I took out of a stone for a souvenir.
27. Vlondril (Posts: 91; Member since: 22 Aug 2009)
ahhhh....so thats why the future is now crap....lol