BlackBerry Tour may have a touchscreen display

There’s nothing official about this at the moment, but it looks like the BlackBerry Tour (also known as BlackBerry Niagara or BlackBerry 9630) will feature a touchscreen display, in addition to a full QWERTY keyboard.

If this is true, BlackBerry Tour will be a Bold-meets-Storm, so it should be a pretty interesting smartphone –  like that rumored BlackBerry Magnum.

Phone Arena has it that Tour’s 480 x 360 pixels touchscreen uses the SurePress technology featured by the BlackBerry Storm.

(image via CrackBerry)

It’s said that the BlackBerry Tour will have both GSM and EV-DO connectivity, a 3.2MP camera, GPS and 1GB of internal memory. No word yet on when RIM intends to announce it, but we know that the smartphone should be soon released by Verizon in the US, and Bell in Canada.

Author: Ilinca Nita

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  • georges

    this will be very interesting to look forward to. The blackberry Niagara might be have a touch screen along with a full querty keyboard.

  • txr

    Hmmm, I'd say this touch screen report is questionable at best. First, with all the leaks from people actually testing the device, how would they possibly have held back this long about a SurePress touch screen. Maybe they didn't want to completely disregard the signed NDA…

    Also, being that the spec sheet actually shows 256 MB internal data storage (as reported by numerous rumor mills from the leaked Bell spec sheet) and not 1GB storage as this report claims, I'm not trusting the info.

  • Ilinca

    Maybe those units that were tested are pre-production units and RIM decided to include a touchscreen in the final version 🙂

    We'll see when the Tour becomes official.

  • KevinT

    It doesn't work like that, you dont spend months testing a phone and then just one day decide “why not slap a touchscreen on it.” Because then this “final version” would need to be tested all over again and no longer a final version…. The process would have to start all over again and I doubt thats what RIM has in mind for the Tour.

  • coolfx35

    I've been using Blackberries for over a year now (and have several of them to date). I'm not necessarily an “expert” on BB's but I know more than the average user.

    I'm a gadget addict with full blown Blackberry addiction 🙂 If you have never had one and don't know what I mean when I say that don't worry, you will soon enough 😉 They say once you go BlackBerry you can never go back and for the most part that is true. I have had several Blackberries on Verizon (8830 World Edition, Curve 8930, Storm 9530, and soon to be the Tour 9630) which is my preferred carrier. But I do have a line on AT&T because I could not resist the Bold any longer. Soon I will have an unlocked TMobile BB 8900 Curve and swap that back and forth with my Curve (the wonders of a SIM card).

    I came across a site for the blackberry tour owners I hope you will also find it useful. talk care.

  • blooberahh

    Does it have a touchscreen?

  • blooberahh

    do they make phones with dvorak keyboards anymore?

  • blooberahh

    Does it have a touchscreen?

  • blooberahh

    do they make phones with dvorak keyboards anymore?