updated 09:40 am EST, Wed December 17, 2008
Moto 2009 Verizon Leak
Motorola is planning to launch four phones for Verizon next year that will include at least three touchscreen devices, a leak of prototype renderings from BGR reveals. Two of these, codenamed the Calgary and Flash, will represent major changes in design for the phone producer and both appear partly influenced by the full touchscreen design of the iPhone. The Flash is the most directly comparable and would be controlled almost exclusively by its display; the Calgary would have a Sidekick-style slider which moves the display outwards to reveal a keyboard.
A third touchscreen handset, the Inferno, appears to be a descendant of the Krave and has the same translucent touch cover. One non-touch device nicknamed the Rush 2 is available and appears to be a conventional messaging slider with a hidden QWERTY keyboard and a directional pad.
Specific hardware details and launch windows for the majority of the phones aren't available, though the Rush 2 is expected early into 2009 and both the Calgary and Inferno are likely to use Motorola's existing touchscreen interface.