Boy Genius—whose BlackBerry track record is close to impeccable—has early word from his sources that RIM is dropping not one, but two berry-flavored bombs at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium in May: a Storm that runs on full U.S. HSDPA (i.e., AT&T's 3G, not just the 2100MHz band), and more awesomely, a BlackBerry wiith a touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard, basically a Bold with touch—the holy grail for some BlackBerry users. RIM's track record at launching stuff on time can be horrible, so we might not actually hear about these in May. But when we met with RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis to check out the Storm, he said that they had looked at doing a touchscreen with a slide-out keyboard, but it made the phone too fat. A Bold-like phone with touchscreen, though, would obviously solve the fatass problem, and the Bold's giant screen would give you a fair bit of real estate to poke your greasy finger around. And a Storm in a fully baked GSM flavor at some point just seems like duh—Verizon can't have all the love forever. [BGR]
Why put it on AT&T? Their 3G network is abysmal and coverage is poor. I had more dropped calls in one day with AT&T (in Manhattan, no less) than I had in five years with T-mobile traveling across the world.
That said, the idea of a touchscreen bold is intriguing. I have been holding out on upgrading my Blackjack I for the Storm. Both to get off AT&T (ugh!) as well as to try the touchscreen goodness. If it is anything like my original iPhone RIM will be on the comeback trail.