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RIM’s Slider 9800 Blackberry to Debut Next Week

Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) on Wednesday said they will probably show off their latest Blackberry phone, known as the Slider 9800, which is set to compete against Apple’s iPhone 4 and the Android smartphone.

RIM, based in Waterloo, Ontario, sent out press invites for next Tuesday in New York City but does not specifically detail the unveiling of the new phone and its Blackberry 6 operating system. The Wall Street Journal reported that people familiar with the event say that it will be to unveil the new phone.

However, on the press invite is AT&T’s logo, which is significant because the company is slated to be the service provider for RIM’s new phone.

Blackberry phones have become less popular with the advent of the new iPhones and the Android models, which both feature touch screens.

RIM’s new phone also boasts an operating system that shares features similar to Google’s Android operating system and the iPhone’s operating system, featuring a touch-screen based interface.

On Wednesday, RIM’s shares increased 2.6 percent to close at $55.41 in New York.

“The earlier they are going to say it is going to be available on the shelves the better,” Avian Securities analyst Matt Thornton told Reuters. “They don’t want to miss one of the key seasons.”

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