BlackBerry 9800 Slider to Launch on Tuesday?

The BlackBerry 9800, or Slider as it has also been called, could be making its official debut next Tuesday if reports are accurate. RIM are holding an event in New York where they’re going to be joined by AT&T, who are expected to have the exclusive rights to the phone in the USA.

We’ve been seeing the 9800 Slider for a couple of months now and while it didn’t set hearts racing at first, subsequent pictures made it look far more attractive, plus the fact it’s likely to be the first phone to run the brand new BlackBerry OS 6 software has increased anticipation considerably.

The phone’s spec was included in a leak of RIM’s 2010 roadmap, where it was listed as having a 5 megapixel camera, 3G with HSDPA, Wi-Fi, a touchscreen and the all-important slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The design is a considerable departure from RIM’s usual output and the device, should it appear, needs to perform well if the company want to defend their position in the market against Android and Apple.

At this stage, it’s expected that the 9800 will be a US-only phone until later in the year, when it will make the transition to Europe and Canada. We’ll let you know more on Tuesday!

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