Blackberry Bold 9800 slider to ditch SurePress, more photos surface

BlackBerry 9800 Slider On-Screen KeyboardBy now we’ve all seen the many, many, many and more photos (and video) that have been leaked of the up-n-coming BlackBerry 9800 slider phone.

So you’re probably not that amazed by the new batch of photos that have emerged over at The Berry Fix.

However, the photographer behind this latest photo shoot does have some interesting news for y’all: the new slider won’t be using RIM’s trademark, annoying SurePress technology.

For those not in the know, SurePress was RIM’s attempt at replicating the tactile feel of a physical keyboard on a touch-screen device by making the screen a big, clickable button. The technology débuted on the BlackBerry Storm, and wasn’t received well.

The removal of SurePress from the 9800 could be to do with the fact that the slider already has a physical keyboard, so those that are truly fearful of The Touch needn’t ever use the on-screen keyboard, and thus don’t need the assurance of SureType.

Don’t think that RIM have given up on SureType just yet.

The device should be released on AT&T in June.

[via SlashGear]