Say hello to the BlackBerry Milan — a new BlackBerry slider which will be one of the first devices to run RIM’s next-generation BlackBerry 10 operating system. It’s set to launch during 2012 alongside a range of QNX-based BlackBerry handsets, but thanks to this image obtained by CrackBerry, we don’t have to wait until next year to feast our eyes on the device.
There’s not a lot to report with regards to specifications, but the photo does give away a few things. Firstly, we can clearly see the device is a BlackBerry slider which features the company’s trademark physical QWERTY keyboard — similar to the BlackBerry Torch 9810.
Unlike the Torch — and all other BlackBerry devices for that matter — this device seems to do away with the optical trackpad and the menu, call, and back buttons that have been present on all of RIM’s devices for a number of years now. They’ve given way for that big BlackBerry logo.
This looks like a very exciting BlackBerry device, but I do have one concern: That keyboard looks worryingly small compared to the rest of the device, and makes me wonder whether the Milan is going to be too top-heavy when you’re typing away.
What do you think of the BlackBerry Milan’s design?