Clamshell BlackBerry announced by Research in Motion
RIM has announced the latest addition to its smartphone range, the era bridging clamshell flip-phone BlackBerry Style 9670.
Sporting a vintage clamshell action with both internal and external displays and 2010 styling, the BlackBerry Style 9670 is “an extension of the BlackBerry smartphone product line in a new form factor” according to the handset’s product manager Randy Carson.
Speaking on the BlackBerry Blog, Carson added on the 9670 which comes equipped with BlackBerry’s trademark full QWERTY keypad and optical trackpad: “Our market research has shown that there are a lot of people that prefer a flip form factor. They feel most comfortable opening the device to answer a call, and closing to hang up. They also like being able to close the device and know they can put it in their pocket or purse and not have to worry about accidental dialling. Being able to discretely check the external display screen to see incoming messages is also a great feature afforded by the form factor."
Looking past the BlackBerry Style 9670’s clamshell design and the neo-retro handset features a 5-megapixel camera with video recording capabilities, sadly not 720p, GPS, built-in Wi-Fi receiver and 512MB of internal storage expandable via the accompanying 8GB microSD card. Giving the handset an added punch, the BlackBerry Style 9670 will come boxed running the new BlackBerry 6 mobile operating system.
Official launch dates and prices for the BlackBerry Style 9670 have yet to be unveiled but with the handset already doing the rounds on the BlackBerry Blog we can’t see it being too far off. Stay tuned to T3.com and the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds for all the latest on the flip-top RIM device.