First Full Touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder coming to Verizon, Vodafone, further proof of 9900, 9300, and 9100-series
With the BlackBerry Bold 9000 smartphone officially spearheading RIM’s new line of enterprise solutions, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if a new device is announced for the 9000-series, like say, a certain BlackBerry 9500. But if it’s going to be a full-touchscreen device, RIM’s very first full touchscreen device in fact, going nuts over the news is a bit acceptable.
And I’m sure a lot of BlackBerry fans will go nuts over this, not only for the beautiful rendering done by our friends over at BGR, but because for the first time RIM is trying to stand up against one of its biggest competitors nowadays. (I don’t think I even need to mention the name.)
What we know is that RIM is preparing a device to be called the BlackBerry Thunder (with number designation 9500), a full touchscreen device toting only 4 physical keys on its face, and a touch-sensitive screen all the way.
Late last year we reported about RIM’s plans to start, and of course further expand a new series of smartphones, to be called the 9000-series officially. The BlackBerry Bold confirms our suspicions, and we expect RIM to launch other devices in the future with the following number designations – BlackBerry 9900, BlackBerry 9300, and BlackBerry 9100. We think these devices are coming because RIM registered “.com” domain names especially for them, and you know companies as big as RIM don’t usually do dumb things like registering domain names for nothing.
Also notable from last year’s report about these so-called upcoming 9000-series BlackBerry phones is the fact that the Blackberry9300.com domain name was registered by an entity other than RIM. Which means someone else also found out about RIM’s plans to register the said domain names and registered his/her own bunch of BlackBerry9x00.com domain names.
In any case, what we’re sure of now is that there will be a touchscreen BlackBerry phone launching on Q3 2008, with 4 physical keys, full touch-based screen, CDMA EV-DO Rev. C/GSM HSPA, and a worldwide lifetime exclusive on Verizon and Vodafone. It’s the BlackBerry 9500 Thunder. And I’m sure Apple heard that loud and clear all the way back in Cupertino.