RIM Rumors: New Tour, Pearl, Curve on Tap

With all the buzz around Google's Nexus One followed by CES, mobile managers could be forgiven for not paying attention to the blogosphere leaks surrounding three new BlackBerry smartphones that are reportedly on tap for the near future.

If reports are true, we can expect Research In Motion to be releasing the CDMA BlackBerry Tour 9630 follow-up, the so-called "Tour2" or 9650, a new Pearl, the 9100, featuring a "SureType" keyboard and a new version of the Curve, the BlackBerry 8910. No release dates, however, have been leaked or disclosed.

The blog crackberry.com unveiled leaked images from Verizon of the BlackBerry 9650, while the site blackberryos.com showed off similar pictures from Sprint's breached list, so it will come as no surprise that we'll see the Tour2 on these carriers, both of which already sell the original Tour.

The 9650/Tour2 is also said to be sporting RIM's new optical trackpad, instead of the original model's trackball, should come with Wi-Fi connectivity and a more powerful processor.

Also courtesy of crackberry.com is news of the BlackBerry Pearl 9100, a 3G GSM handset which is expected to have an optical trackpad and run on BlackBerry OS 5.0.

In BlackBerry Curve developments, blackberrycool.com reports on leaks of a successor to the 8900, the Curve 8910, which will also run BlackBerry OS 5.0 and replaces the trackball with a trackpad.

These RIM developments come at a time when the white-hot smartphone sector, after a watershed year in 2009, shows no sign of cooling down. First came Palm's Pre and Pixi running the new webOS while Apple's iPhone 3GS and App Store continued to break sales records, and if reports are true, an iPhone 4G is in the pipeline for spring.

Meanwhile, Android came of age with impressive releases from Motorola, including the Droid and Cliq, while HTC came out with the HTC Hero and myTouch. Dell's also jumping in the game with the Android Mini 3.

Google's Android continues to grab headlines on the heels of the release of its self-branded, unlocked Nexus One, available only online from the Internet giant. An enterprise version of Nexus One could also be in the works, according to statements made by Android chief Andy Rubin.


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