Assuming the image you see above is the real deal, this could possibly be the oddest design and form factor from RIM since, well, ever. The navigation buttons look like your average Storm keys, but it has the odd inclusion of an optical trackpad like the one found on the Bold 9700. This device is presumably a touchscreen, so that trackpad could signal a new operating system since the current Storm 5.0 OS doesn’t need any other navigation method other than your finger. What else can be gleaned from just the images of this device?
The physical keyboard resembles the Bold or Tour keyboard, which has been a favorite amongst BlackBerry users for its shape, contour and layout. We’re now wondering whether this will do away with the soft keyboard and RIM’s SureType technology.
Now, when we said that RIM has to re-invent or die, this was one of the design directions we had in mind. After all, if you’re going to be rolling out a new WebKit-based browser, you’ll want as much screen real estate as possible. And we assume this slider would have a solid build quality. What we don’t know is what OS it will feature, although there are rumors that RIM is working on rolling out BlackBerry 6.0, which we know little about. Would you buy a BlackBerry slider?