We saw the BlackBerry Curve 8910, a trackpad infused sequel to the popular Curve 8900 email machine, appear in a cheeky spyshot last week, but while we’re used to RIM’s new gadgets leaking out early, here’s a surprise twist: the phone was actually on show at CES at the start of the month. And not at RIM’s stand either. Say what?
The crew at CrackBerry were cleaning out their memory cards on return from CES in Las Vegas, when they spotted something extraordinary. Case-Mate, a phone accessory maker, was using the unreleased BlackBerry Curve 8910 to show off its Bold 9700 cases. Although it appears to be a snug fit, you can see the difference in the keyboard style.
It’s not clear how Case-Mate came to accidentally put a BlackBerry Curve 8910 on the show floor, but we can confirm at the very least that the phone wasn’t on show at RIM’s own CES stand, which we scoured thoroughly, making its secretive outing even more puzzling.
We’ll let you know as and when RIM chooses to make the BlackBerry Curve 8910 official, but it’s safe to say the game is all but up at this point.