Secret BlackBerry 9800 Launch At RIM And AT&T Event?

BlackBerry smartphone maker Research In Motion (RIM) has invited a number of people to an “unspecified” event to be held in collaboration with mobile network service provider AT&T on 3 August in New York, tech news site Softpedia has reported.

Rumours suggest the event could be a stage for the launch of the company's new BlackBerry 9800 Slider, the first RIM device to run the new BlackBerry OS 6.0.

“I would suspect this would be the new BlackBerry 9800, a touch-screen slider phone. It was well known it was with AT&T and they’d said they’d have two devices later in their fiscal second quarter,” said Tavis McCount of financial analyst Morgan Keegan & Co.

The BlackBerry 9800 will be the first smartphone from RIM to have a slidign cover.

The phone is expected to have a full QWERTY keyboard, 360x480-pixel touchscreen display, GPS capabilities, Wi-Fi, a five-megapixel camera, and 4GB worth of expandable internal memory.