The first time we saw the BlackBerry Curve 8910, it was looking more or less complete, with a trackpad and the traditional-style keyboard. The form factor was even confirmed again at CES, but the specs were still fairly nebulous. At the time, the code-named Atlas was supposed to be running on a speedier evolved EDGE wireless standard, and pack Wi-Fi b, g, and n, but these latest pictures of a live unit don’t show any sign of Wi-Fi and it’s using a trackball.
Now, it’s entirely likely that this is a preproduction unit made for testing, before Wi-Fi and the optical trackpad were put in. It seems really weird that RIM would put out a device with a trackball after they’ve been on a roll with the newew input on all of their latest smartphones. The lack of Wi-Fi would been even more terrible, given that the current emerging market flagship BlackBerry (Curve 8520) has Wi-Fi, unless, of course, RIM wanted to offer a non-Wi-Fi alternative that was just as cheap.