First images of BlackBerry slider phone surface (UPDATE: more pics)

BlackBerry Leaks has posted what appear to be the first and only images of RIM's rumored slider phone. While closed, the phone embodies the Storm look. It's got a large screen and built in navigation buttons. However, the phone contains a trackpad, which is uncharacteristic of the Storm line, though it would be very useful for navigation. Many newer smartphones have similar configurations, so this doesn't lessen the legitimacy of the leaked photos. The phone seems like a mix of current touchscreen and optical trackpad models, combined with a slide-out keyboard.

The site mentions the possibility of this being the Storm 3. The rumored OS for the phone is said to be version 6.0. Information about it is scarce. When opened, the phone seems to have a keyboard similar to the Bold, and not like the Curve, whose buttons are rounded. No release date, pricing, or carrier information is available at this time.

BlackBerry Slider Closed

BlackBerry Slider Opened

UPDATE: BlackBerry Leaks has posted some more images. These are much clearer and show the size of the Slider compared to a Curve.

Slider close-up

Slider vs Curve

Slider vs Curve 2

Slider vs Curve side angle

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Yeah, I know, it's the same thing, only with a bigger screen. This aims to the people who like the bold's screen size, but like the QERTY keyboard. Oh well, we'll see when it reaches to my country, a big ruckus will be made.

Honestly, blackberrys are too big to make the slider design "work," IMHO. I mean, phones that aren't so wide are easy to flip open with a finger, but this thing just seems like more of a handful, especially using a slider design.

Dr. Albert Spamstein said,
Honestly, blackberrys are too big to make the slider design "work," IMHO. I mean, phones that aren't so wide are easy to flip open with a finger, but this thing just seems like more of a handful, especially using a slider design.

9700 isn't really big compared to some smart phones...

I like all the awesome comments like "It looks the same".

It doesn't look the same as any other BlackBerry now does it? Why? They've never made a slider before.

If it's anything like the Storm or Storm 2, they can go to hell. Both horrible phones. Bolds FTW.

Nashy said,
I like all the awesome comments like "It looks the same".

It doesn't look the same as any other BlackBerry now does it? Why? They've never made a slider before.

If it's anything like the Storm or Storm 2, they can go to hell. Both horrible phones. Bolds FTW.

+1

the problem with the blackberries: too heavy, ( and big, but common in all damn phones these days).

warr said,
the problem with the blackberries: too heavy, ( and big, but common in all damn phones these days).

The 9700 was near perfect

I liked the 8830's trackball and had no problems it, and currently use the Storm 1, same thing. I'm wanting to go to the Storm 2 for the additional memory, but might hold off until more info about this comes out, although it seems like a step back for those who are afraid of touch screens.

Tim Dawg said,
Doesn't look like anything special to me. I like my BB Storm better.

Yeah. I dunno. I don't think I'm a huge fan of the BlackBerry design team to be honest... Everything just looks like more of the same to me... Not saying it's bad, it just doesn't have a "Wow" factor for me...