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BlackBerry 8800 Uncovered
Research In Motion has been seeing a resurgence of attention courtesy of the BlackBerry Pearl after years of relative anonymity. Today, photos have surfaced proving that RIM intends to make the Pearl's distinctive trackball and more elaborate design a staple of more business-oriented phones. The smartphone maker will soon introduce the BlackBerry 8800, a replacement for the current 8700. Its features will draw heavily from the Pearl, including the exchange of the jog dial for the multi-directional trackball. The key differences are a full QWERTY keyboard in place of the smaller SureType model and the removal of the Pearl's camera, which could be considered a security risk for the organizations that use the handheld. No exact launch timeframe was mentioned in the report; however, the phone should ship to North American carriers before the end of the year given its largely complete state. Click through for photos of the front and rear of the 8800 courtesy of Engadget Mobile.
TGS: Saturday tidbits
We're taking a much-needed break, but there are a couple of TGS items you might find interesting. First, Kotaku happened to be around when a PS3 overheated and shut down while running Ridge Racer 7. This is supposedly common, however, with many console games running early code on early hardware. So for more exciting news, we've located video of the PS3's Web and photo interfaces in action. The Web browser's tab system seems to operate more like Cover Flow (in iTunes 7) than like Firefox, as was reported in previous accounts.
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