BlackBerry Onyx smartphone appears in official photo

An official image of the new BlackBerry Onyx smartphone has been leaked, and it shows an optical trackpad in the space reserved for the usual RIM offering, the trackball.


Despite the revelation of a first official image, the new design has not been officially announced, so the name of BlackBerry Onyx persists for now. Observers have admitted that this label is just a codename and that the real moniker is more than likely to be the BlackBerry Bold 9700.


According to the Cio website, the new Onyx/Bold handset will be released via T-Mobile. As for specifications? The design is believed to feature 3G for fast data transfer, Wi-Fi for wireless connections to the internet, visual voicemail, BlackBerry App World access, GPS and an Amazon MP3 app included.


Although no price has been mooted, observers say a release before the end of 2009 is likely.


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