updated 08:00 am EDT, Fri May 9, 2008
BlackBerry 9000 Next Week
RIM will finally unveil the BlackBerry 9000 next week, BGR claims. The Canadian phone maker is reportedly "confirmed" to be launching its first GSM-based 3G BlackBerry at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium and may do so at a press gathering on May 12th, a day ahead of the full event. Company co-founder Mike Lazaridis will personally introduce the device, while demo units will be available, according to the report.
The 9000 is known to be the first BlackBerry with a higher-resolution, 480x320 screen and will also play home to the new BlackBerry OS 4.6 interface. It will also be the first GSM-based BlackBerry to offer both GPS and Wi-Fi at the same time.
The announcement isn't believed to result in a hard launch and won't see actual service for the new BlackBerry until July, when the phone is most likely to debut first with AT&T and spread to carriers such as Rogers in Canada as well as European and other international providers. [image via CrackBerry]