OS 6.0 gets previewed on the BlackBerry 9670 - which is a flip phone?

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OS 6.0 gets previewed on the BlackBerry 9670 - which is a flip phone?
BlackBerry OS 6.0 may have seemingly been one of the most sought out future ventures from RIM, but we're again being treated to something quite stellar and different from the long time smartphone maker. Some argue that change is good for the evolution of companies to grow and succeed, but then there are those who prefer to keep steady with the current trends so that their ride is undisturbed. One of the most anticipated RIM devices to be seen in a while was the rumored Slider BlackBerry handset, but now it looks as though RIM is thinking outside of their comfort zones and plunging into a totally different form factor for one of their future devices.

The BlackBerry 9670 came out of nowhere and offered plenty of looks as to what is expected out of RIM's camp down the road. The flip handset is no doubt a departure from the usual portrait QWERTY handsets we've been accustomed to seeing, but it still manages to retain some elements that made RIM's portfolio so successful. In addition, it is also the first phone to be seen running OS 6.0 and will likely carry the load for RIM's future. The BlackBerry 9670 features CDMA connectivity, full QWERTY keyboard, 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 360 x 480 internal display, huge sized external display, track pad, microUSB port, microSD slot, Bluetooth, and OS 6.0 which is all wrapped in a punctual metallic casing.

Sure the Blackberry Pearl Flip may have taken away some of the luster as being a flip handset, but this is easily categorized as a high-end device which would easily put the Pearl Flip to shame. Just when we were expecting the usual things out of RIM, which is evident with the BlackBerry Bold 9650's imminent release, the 9670 surely takes prominence as it brings forth some interesting changes on the horizon for RIM. Still, there is a chance for things to change with this device as it's not a final product just yet.

source: BGR via Engadget



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14 Comments

1. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Wow... Never saw that coming. I don't think i like this design. And the front display better be a touch screen otherwise this design is fairly pointless.

2. bossmann20

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

this shyt is ugly!!!

3. Gawain

Posts: 434; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

I suppose you could say that this is one of those things where to see it in person is better than the photograph...it's just that, I don't see how that could be possible...next please RIM...

4. defmorte

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

Disagree, looks cool, never would think this is a blackbery. Different in the right direction....metal casing is hot..thumbs up...i'm hoping it lands on verizon..beautiful

12. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

I agree. I think it is better different. Its probably one of those phones you have to see in person.

5. Trendygirlx23 unregistered

Not my type of phone style, but I can see it working for some people.

6. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

hmmm..not bad if u like BB's..personally I dont knowing sometime next year they will improve on finally getting a device fast enough to have flash..says RIM

7. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

For those of us dealing with locking/unlocking touch screen phones (though I like touchscreens) this could be a winner. As long as the exterior screen can be configured to display useful info while the phone is closed, this could work really well.

8. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

It seems that most bloggers are giving the phones styling a solid thumbs down, but I personally love it. Even though they have fallen out of fashion, I prefer flip phones as they are almost always "butt dial" proof.

9. Rico Dinero

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 28, 2009

Notice the Moto design? Looks like a VZW edition VU204 Limerick. Don't believe me, look it up. What I do like is how RIM is not giving up. They have stayed innovated thru this Droid craze. I haven't jumped on the Android bandwagon because I believe in BB. Don't get me wrong, Apps are cool but do they really complete your phone? They complement it but do they complete it? My Storm does everything I need it to do. Plain and simple.

10. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

what the hell??? theres no reason to get this 4ft thick blackberry

11. tlang1064

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 21, 2010

LMAO

13. chicostyk

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 06, 2009

Looks like a more masculine version of the LG Lotus. I don't think the external display needs to be a touch screen if used creatively to show the most useful information. Pretty good feature set and Blackberry name behind it. I'm not overly excited, but I like it.

14. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

5 mp camera flip phone is best in it class, Nokia is planning to take over SLR digital camera to put inside their phone in 12 months watch out if Nokia can find 25 mp camera to fit inside their phone.

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