Is the 'Onyx' a bolder BlackBerry Bold?

Is the 'Onyx' a bolder BlackBerry Bold?

Summary: Those slinky sources of Engadget Mobile's have provided the site with an "in the wild" picture of what the site calls the "BlackBerry Onyx," a smartphone that takes the Bold's original lines and kicks them up a notch, so to speak:The device is rumored to be a 3G-enabled GSM BlackBerry heading for AT&T, with a similar UMA-enabled sister phone ("Driftwood") going to T-Mobile.

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Those slinky sources of Engadget Mobile's have provided the site with an "in the wild" picture of what the site calls the "BlackBerry Onyx," a smartphone that takes the Bold's original lines and kicks them up a notch, so to speak:

The device is rumored to be a 3G-enabled GSM BlackBerry heading for AT&T, with a similar UMA-enabled sister phone ("Driftwood") going to T-Mobile.

Back in March, Crackberry reported on a rumored touchscreen BlackBerry 9900, and the names "Onyx," "Driftwood," "Magnum" and "Pluto" have been making the Internet rounds as touchscreen/QWERTY hybrid concepts in the high-end Bold segment, while "Gemini" is the rumored successor family to the popular Curve line. Get all that?

Would you buy a QWERTY/touchscreen hybrid BlackBerry? Tell us in TalkBack.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, BlackBerry, Smartphones, Wi-Fi

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  • Touchscreen w/QWERTY hardware? Yes!

    Being a fan of both hardware keyboards and touchscreens, I would
    purchase a unit like this from Blackberry!

    I highly enjoy my Centro (personally owned), but the speed and screen
    clarity of the Blackberry is great. I don't like the heavy use of menus on
    the Blackberry, and a touchscreen is a great solution to that. The
    keyboardless Blackberry looks like it is plagued by the same problems all
    the units with virtual keyboards have: the keyboard is difficult to use and
    soaks up all the screen space.

    I look forward to seeing the Onyx in his final, commercial form.
    jesse5
  • I bet this would have done better...

    ...than the Storm.
    storm14k
  • new tech for old devices

    it has an added touch screen w/ keyboard. The device itself has a body of the Storm, but the layout of the Bold. I'd say it looks good, but it should be for Verizon on a Better network. All Android phones should be on AT&T or Verizon as well.

    I don't live in a city and I don't live near a highway. Those are the ONLY places that T-mobile work.
    Maarek Stele
  • Absolutely!

    Touchscreen + real keyboard would sell me in a heartbeat.

    The only other thing RIM could do that would entice me would be to enable TRUE IMAP support. Currently, the BB will mark a message as read in your inbox, but it does not recognize if a message was marked as read by the computer. I've heard rumor that RIM did this on purpose to force corporations to use their BES instead of just setting up their email servers to support IMAP.

    If the touchscreen on the "Onyx" doesn't move around in its entirety like the Storm, that would also help. I'm not worried about the screen 'clicking.' I find the movement of the entire screen rather annoying.
    firejeep508
  • If it comes with WiFi, absolutely YES! The best of both worlds. (NT)

    (NT)
    goyta