BlackBerry 8980 Revealed by FCC

The BlackBerry 8980, an unannounced smartphone, has popped up in some documents on the FCC's website. The device looks physically similar to the BlackBerry 9700, which is probably good news, since the phone is rather popular. Research In Motion has not officially announced this handset, and neither have any U.S. carriers.

The 8980, which appears to replace the Curve 8900, has quad-band GSM/EDGE radios in addition to Bluetooth and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. Pictures published by the FCC show the 8980 to have a full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, optical trackpad, and 3.5mm headset jack. 

The 8900 was one of the more handsome handsets made by RIM in recent memory, and the 8980 seems like it's going to be a looker, too. It's tough to tell right now, but judging by the FCC's photo of the device, it looks like RIM took the Bold 9700/9780's body and bolted a Curve keyboard on it to make the 8980.