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BlackBerry 9000 to sport new UI, design

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Fri March 28, 2008

BBerry 9000 Live Photos

The first photos of an active BlackBerry 9000 have surfaced via Engadget and reveal both a major revamp of the phone's software in addition to its new hardware design. Instead of the vertical, Windows-like interface seen on current models, the 9000 will have a highly stylized strip interface that resembles a cross between the initial Google Android interface and Sony's Cross Media Bar. Transitions and other animations will also be sleeker than on RIM's earlier phones.

The images also confirm a major overhaul of RIM's design, is now rounded and sports a wrap-around chrome trim similar to the iPhone. Captures of the phone's screen reveal 3G, HSDPA-based Internet access as well as Wi-Fi and a sharper screen resolution.

No carrier branding is visible, though the phone is known to be in development for Vodafone and is near-certain to appear on AT&T and Rogers in North America. Recent leaks have suggested that the new BlackBerry may not be ready until July or August.

From left to right: Curve, 8800, 9000

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  1. Maneki Neko

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    Joined: Feb 2001


    Article is wrong

    It still has the icon grid view, as shown by the video on that Engadget page.

  1. legacyb4

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    Joined: May 2001


    looks like

    an iPhone-inspired form factor with the rounded corners and smooth metal trim with half the screen area traded off for the keyboard...

  1. Rezzz

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    closing the gap..


  1. Constable Odo

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    Joined: Aug 2007


    Chrome trim...

    similar to the iPhone. Might as well say, just like the iPhone's chrome trim.

    I think the handset looks nice. Very sleek-looking. RIM definitely knows how to design functional handsets with keyboards.

  1. chucker

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    I meant for 6000$ -> 1000 processors.

    H O L Y C R A P !!!

  1. Eldernorm

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    I guess the WOW is here

    Yep, this WOW is right up there with Vista. LOL

    Worry about how it looks, make it look like the market leader so no one will notice how much it sucks. :-)

  1. spyinthesky1



    Back to the future

    Massive improvement in the look of the hardware though pretty easy when you simply copy. The screen however looks like graphics I produced on a rostrum camera which were designed to look like 'computer graphics' circa 1987. Seems I was ahead of my time at least in the RIM world. In the real world I suspect not and if this is the best they can do decline and fall is inevitable.

  1. imagine engine

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    Missing the mark.

    RIM is missing the mark with this device by offering HSPA but no video calling. They offer every other feature to please the consumer such as WIFI, GPS, real-time push email and global HSPA broadband like browsing speed, just no video calling ability. By the time this comes out Apple should have the next iPhone out which covers all of which the Blackberry 9000 tries to offer and more.

  1. dliup

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    Joined: Jan 2006


    Another knockoff

    Knockoff = poor attempt at copying the popular iPhone

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