Mr. T returns as analyst confirms BlackBerry touchscreen slider; WebKit browser coming?

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Mr. T returns as analyst confirms BlackBerry touchscreen slider; WebKit browser coming?
Remember Mr. T? No, not the action actor from the 80's. We're talking about the BlackBerry Mr. T which we reported was a handset that would combine the touchscreen capabilities of the Storm with a QWERTY keyboard slider. Well, it seems that Shaw Wu, an analyst with Kaufman Brothers, was talking to his contacts in the industry and he has confirmed that RIM is building a touchscreen BlackBerry with a landscape sliding QWERTY keyboard. Described as a cross between the Storm (obviously) and any non-touch BlackBerry with a QWERTY, the device is in the prototype stage and is heading for a 2010 launch. Which carrier? Consult your Magic 8 ball. While Wu's report called the phone the BlackBerry 9900, there was no mention of Mr.T at all. "The phone is theoretically a 'best of both worlds' device as it would bring RIM's reputation for hardware keyboards into the modern era with a touch display, " Wu says.

Another piece of news from the analyst involves a new browser for BlackBerry handsets. As we reported, RIM was seeking a developer with WebKit experience to help develop a modern browser for the manufacturer. Wu also says that RIM might be allowed by Microsoft or Google to use one of their browsers in a BlackBerry device instead of the current outdated version used by RIM. The WebKit engine is behind the more successful browsers on the market, powering the internet for the Apple iPhone, Palm Pre and the Motorola DROID. Upgrading the software for BlackBerry might help RIM get some favorable publicity. The expected momentum the company thought it would have when the Storm2 was released to good reviews, was stolen by the Motorola DROID's hard hitting ad campaign and very good reviews. Verizon and RIM have discovered that many owners of the first-gen Storm are moving to the DROID instead of upgrading to the Storm2 as expected and the carrier has not flooded the airwaves with commercials for the Storm's sequel unit.

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source: electronista

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16 Comments

1. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

Again with the Storm 3 foolishness? C'mon guys thats not even close to credible! The Storm 2 JUST launched.

2. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

I don't see Storm 3 mentioned in this article. New device, 2010 launch, with touchscreen 'like' the Storm, with a slide out keyboard. Makes sense, as my biggest prob with storm and storm 2 is typing on glass doesn't work for me.

3. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i was able to type wicked fast on my storm1.

4. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

You can't tye "wicked" fast without multi-touch... At least not as fast as you can with multi-touch...

5. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

No really, you can't.

6. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Well hova, it was fast enough for me. I owned it for 11 months and I doubt I would be able to type that much faster with multi touch.

7. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Why did you put wicked in quotes?

8. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I was quoting you smart guy. All I'm saying is that it could be faster with multi-touch. Plain and simple.

9. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

Bill, in every previous article they have referred to Mr. T as the Storm 3. Some random ANALYST not connected to the company "confirms" its existence????? How does that sound simple enough to you?

10. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

and storm 2 rumors, which turned out to be true, came out shortly after the storm launch. without surepress this probably wont be a storm anyway, so its totally conceivable that rim has this in the works already

11. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

next yr rim will make a full flash phone that will blow all previous BB devices!

13. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

It's gonna blow all the BB devices? Sounds hot!

12. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

I watched Rocky III last night... Mr. T was such a Bad Ass. I wonder if they removed his picture and put up a Blackberry picture because AT&T, I mean Mr. T, might sue them for copy right infrindgement... ?

16. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Switched it back, eh?

14. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I don't like the picture rendition, but this could be good. As for the comment above, there are different types of touch screens. You say your doesn't work, are you using your finger or finger nail? I won't buy this, but RIM is answering what consumers ask for and fairly quickly. Although I don't think releasing a new BB every month is great for some people, it does give better market options. I just want to see RIM get away from exclusive deals.

15. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

My friend was at an AT&T Convention a few weeks and he told me about this. Maybe itll come out on AT&T

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