BlackBerry Style Ready to Flip Out on Halloween

Sprint and Research In Motion today announced the BlackBerry Style 9670 smartphone, a flip-style smartphone that will be Sprint's first with the BlackBerry 6 mobile operating system, will be available on Oct. 31.

Hoping to succeed where other flip smartphones, most notably the Motorola Backflip and Nokia N76 have failed, the Style 9670 features a full QWERTY keyboard, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS and a 512MB of RAM and a Qualcomm 7500 series processor

It includes a 5-megapixel camera with flash, a 3.5-mm stereo headset jack and a 2.7-inch, 360-by-400 screen (320-by-240 outside), a trackpad and an intuitive interface for BlackBerry 6, making it the second smartphone along with the BlackBerry Torch to offer the company's updated mobile operating system.

Customers can begin preordering the Style 9670 on Tuesday for $99 after a $100 rebate and signing a two-year service contract.

"When you see and hold the BlackBerry Style you will immediately notice the elegant, premium design," wrote Randy Carson, product manager for the BlackBerry Style 9670, in a blog post. "Once the people start to use the BlackBerry Style smartphone, they will be amazed with the browser and other features of BlackBerry 6 -- it’s familiar to longtime BlackBerry smartphone users, but also easy for those who are using a smartphone device for the first time."

Sprint and RIM (NASDAQ: RIMM) officials said the new trackpad will make it easier for users to move back and forth between different menus. It also includes the Social Feeds app for managing and tracking social networking and RSS feeds.

BlackBerry Style's new universal search feature will let users search through email, messages, contacts, music, videos and extend searches to the Internet or to discover applications on BlackBerry App World. It also includes a preinstalled YouTube app and Podcasts app.

"We see a market for the BlackBerry Style smartphone among both male and female users," Carson added. "The BlackBerry Style is a great smartphone for those who prefer the flip form factor, or who may be trading up to a smartphone for the first time."

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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