The first proper look at the BlackBerry Essex has surfaced, promising to one-up the original Tour with added Wi-Fi, optical trackpad, and OS 5.0. Likely to be called the Tour2 9650, this BlackBerry doesn’t otherwise differ much from the current versions on Verizon or Sprint. I’m glad we’re finally seeing the Tour2 show up for real, I was starting to get worried Essex was the Curve2… Phew. On that note, why didn’t RIM just put out the Tour with these features in the first place? The touch trackpad would have made a much bigger splash with this device rather than the 8520. Check out our review of the original Tour 9630 to get a general idea of how this sequel will handle, and if you’re hoping to pick one up, rumour has it the 9650 will be available before the holidays.
Video after the jump! Video was taken down, but we got some stills.