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BlackBerry Thunder spotted in real photos

updated 05:40 pm EDT, Sun July 13, 2008

BBerry Thunder Real Photos

Research in Motion's BlackBerry Thunder touchscreen phone has at last been shown in real-world photography, courtesy of a leak by Crackberry. The device is identical to user guide drawings and other escaped images and is dominated by its touch display; four buttons underneath let RIM hide many extra software functions in menus rather than having to expose them with always-on visible buttons, as with the iPhone. The design should allow the Canadian company to implement its first touch interface without alienating most existing users.

The Thunder's keyboard has also been spotted in the leak and reveals a very different approach to typing than with the iPhone. Both devices can automatically adjust to landscape mode in certain cases, but the BlackBerry will change the layout itself to ensure that keys always remain large. In landscape mode, the device has access to a traditional QWERTY keyboard, while a vertical mode switches to RIM's SureType scheme borrowed from the BlackBerry Pearl, which puts two letters on each key .

Earlier reports have also suggested the Thunder will have localized haptic feedback that vibrates the screen near the point at which the user types, simulating a physical button push.

Despite the confirmation of the new touch BlackBerry as a real device, few other pieces of information have been supported by the leak, although it's widely understood that the Thunder will support 3G calls and data on both CDMA and GSM phone networks, advanced media playback, and a significantly new interface. A launch isn't expected until late in the year.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Parky

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Look familiar?

    My that is a familiar looking design!

  1. MiMiC

    Joined: Dec 1969


    localized haptic feedback

    Although i think this is an attractive device (not as much as my iPhone however), i don't know what's with the "localized haptic feedback"??

    Having the ability to know which key you are pressing is important to those that type without looking at their phone, but having the device vibrate does nothing for you on a touch screen.

    You can't use it for navigation, and seeing the letter appear on the screen is the visual cue.

    Anyway, nice phone, and i am sure glad Apple's iPhone will not sell, and will not have an impact on the mobile phone market.


  1. gitcypher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: familiar

    Yeah. It looks like my 8800 without a dedicated keyboard.

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