RIM is testing a touch-screen smartphone with a slide-out
keyboard, according to people familiar with the device. The phone
runs on a new version of the BlackBerry operating system and works
much like an iPhone, letting users swipe through screens and
expand images with their fingers, these people say. It also has
a universal search bar that lets users scour all the phone’s data
and some data online as well, these people say.
RIM is also experimenting with a tablet device to serve as a
larger-screen companion to its BlackBerry phone, say people
familiar with RIM’s plans. That device, which is in an early stage
of development, will connect to cellular networks via a BlackBerry
phone, these people say. It could come out as soon as the end of
the year, these people say.