New (Possibly) Touchscreen BlackBerry Bold Spotted

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RIM has already been moving away from the trackball to the trackpad, but this new image of a yet to be released device shows neither. All signs point to the first touchscreen BlackBerry Bold.

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There's not much more information available beyond the picture, but it's certainly a relief to see an improvement over earlier touchscreen prototypes. And it's even better to see RIM continuing to innovate, although it's likely months before we see this—or the final version of it—in stores. With the BlackBerry Storm having had touchscreen capability for some time, it's only natural to see that technology infiltrate other brands.

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But what do all you BlackBerry enthusiasts think? Is this sacrilege, or progress?

UPDATE: Crackberry is reporting that this is almost definitely an early Magnum prototype, which sounds right to me. So expect to see a lot of these design elements sometime this year, though probably not this exact design. [Cell Guru via FoneFrenzy]

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I love the idea. The trackball is alright and as quick as I am using it, it just seems like an outdated tech. I mean its much better than a d-pad would be, but still just seems old. I would just be worried about the screen size and hope it will have similar use to the iPhones screen. I would hate to have a stylus.

Ive been contemplating a move out of Sprint and goto something Andriod powered. But this could keep me with Blackberry. I can only hope though that this will end up on Sprint.

Its refreshing to see them trying something new.