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RIM Finally Succumbs To Touchscreen Mania with Blackberry Thunder Smartphone

It feels different and resolutely posh and professional; the Blackberry Thunder emerges from a morass of iPhone clones and competitors by sticking to what it does best; helping professionals do their job on the move.

According to Boy Genius Report - which seems to get all the good leads, the brand new Touche-screen Blackberry will look like... this...

It will be available in the US on Verizon and possibly on Vodafone sometimes in the future; the keypad is gone - either love it or hate it - but the screen is what possibly sets it apart from others (as well as the lack of any visible distraction).

The Thunder will have a camera, a USB port and hopefully a 3.5-inch Headset jack; No confirmed release dates although Q3 availability will be a safe bet.

How will Blackberry aficionados react to the death of the keyboard? Will RIM do some compromises when it comes to adapting its User Interface to a Touchscreen environment? Will there be a version with a slide-out keyboard? Stay tune for more...

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.