RIM to Officially Announce 9800 Slider

There’s a conference coming up this August 3 and it looks like RIM will be taking the day to announce the upcoming BlackBerry 9800 Slider smart phone. The handset has been surfacing a lot recently online with rumors and more importantly, leaked images that detailed the latest gadget from the same phone maker that started mobile email addiction.

Without a doubt, the BlackBerry 9800 Slider’s form factor is a little different when compared to other previous BB devices, but the use of a larger touch screen is certainly a big improvement. However, while we have no doubts about the quality and efficiency of the keyboards that are used BlackBerry handsets, it would have been nice if this was a landscape slider than a portrait style one.

The 3.2 inch TFT touch screen on the 9800 Slider is a very important addition: because it makes the new BlackBerry OS 6 much easier to use. From the initial videos and demonstrations of the new operating system for RIM, the OS 6 focuses a lot on touch based controls. This was done to bring the BB handsets up to par with the latest operating systems used in the latest smart phones.

While BB’s position in the mobile industry is pretty stable, the growing numbers of devices that sport physical, slide out, QWERTY keyboards are growing steadily. It can be argued that RIM made keyboards are superior, but the bottom line is that the company is slowly losing its foothold as the dominating influence in physical keyboards.

Since the keyboard has already been almost perfected and little to no further improvements can be made in that aspect; RIM is now focusing on other features that the BlackBerry OS was never strong with. The focus for OS 6 is multimedia, which means that better file support has been added and new navigation controls for playback as well.

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