Sprint to get it first, followed by Verizon
Following the disappointment of the 9800 Torch launch, RIM has another clamshell style model that is to be called the Oxford 9670. This is not the first time that RIM has experimented with a “flip” or “clamshell” style form factor, but the Pearl Flip was only mildly successful, which perhaps does not bode well for the 9670.
According to our sources, the 9670 will be coming to both Sprint and Verizon. with Sprint seeming to be in the position to roll it out first. The 9670 will offer the majority of big boy features, including the full QWERTY keyboard, WiFi and GPS support in a clamshell design. It will be a dual display model that features an internal display with a resolution of 360x400 and an external display with a resolution of 240x320. It will also offer a 5 mega pixel camera.
The design is a bit unique in that it does appear to be a little wider than a normal clamshell model, but it seems to be thinner than the Pearl Flip; this is apparently a good thing, as it seems that was one of the things that many didn’t like about the Pearl Flip was its thickness. The thing is, however, that BlackBerry fans don’t seem to be getting too excited about this one, so it remains to be seen how successful it will be. RIM does not want to go the way of the Torch 9800, so we will just have to hope that this model finds a market. Only time will tell.