Device Rumor Specs: Onyx, Driftwood, Magnum

BlackBerry Driftwood
By Kevin Michaluk on 6 Apr 2009 09:02 am EDT
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it's just a sunglass cleaning cloth over a Storm... don't get too excited! :-)

There's nothing like fresh BlackBerry device rumors to get the community revved up for the week! Yesterday afternoon BGR posted info they received on a few of RIM's upcoming BlackBerry 9000 series devices. While the "Onyx" and "Magnum" names are not new to the blogs, the "Driftwood" name is, and based on the similar specs between Magnum and Driftwood BG figures it likely is the the same device as the Magnum but with a different carrier in mind. All three devices sport 3G and QWERTY keyboards, but no specific details on form factor are listed in these confirmed specs (previously has been rumored that Onyx is a 3G Pearl Flip and Magnum is a Full Qwerty + Touchscreen with a 8900-like form factor). You can jump over for the feature breakdown.

Other notable rumors stated in the post:

  • We learned that RIM might be slowly refreshing the Bold with a UMA-capable version  
  • Remember the BlackBerry Gemini? Well, it seems as if that's not just one device, but rather an entire line of devices.

NICE. Definitely a good load of rumors to kick off the BlackBerry week. Be sure to jump over to BGR for the full details. And you know we'll be getting these devices up for hands-on review just as soon as we can. Stay tuned!

Topics: News & Rumors

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Device Rumor Specs: Onyx, Driftwood, Magnum

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Thanks for getting my hopes up really high Kevin! I really thought that was a new Berry! haha. But anyway RIM start rolling these phones out asap! fix the bugs first though.

What exactly does UMA-capable mean? I found something saying it means phone calls can be made over Wi-Fi or something like that? I just bought a Bold, but am wondering if I should have waited around a while if there is a new version coming out. What difference will this make for the Bold?

UMA-capable does mean that you can make calls over wifi and its not actually a hardware difference from normal wifi on the blackberry itself, it would simply be some configuration issues on the blackberry as long as it was connected to a suitable uma-capable router e.g. in the uk orange support such a setup.

I really wish carriers will begin to implement support for UMA for the bold. The bolds a very capable device and it sucks that its gonna be ignored and replaced by newer, fresher renditions w capabilities so that I'd have to go out and get another bberry. Sure uma (tmob, usa) is ther carriers decision and since they do not offer/support the bold, uma is a lost cause but I'd love it anyway.