Do you like the new BlackBerry Tour but disappointed that it lacks WiFi? Well, here’s some good news for you. RIM is reportedly working on a new smartphone codenamed Essex which is basically the Tour with WiFi connectivity.

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The picture above is courtesy of Crackberry, and as you can see, it also does away with the traditional trackball opting for the new optical trackpad instead. It can actually be mistaken for the upcoming BlackBerry Onyx so we're a bit skeptical if this is indeed its final commercial design. However, considering that RIM phones do tend to look a lot like each other, it's still very much plausible. Anyway, The Cool Guy Report has it on good authority that it does exist and will also come with “extra surprise that I bet you’ll love.” We’re not exactly thrilled with the cliff-hanger here, but our logical guess would be a touchscreen. No word though on when we will see this baby in the market or its possible retail price.

On a similar note, it was also disclosed that two other phones are in the pipeline as well: the BlackBerry Striker 9100 and the Curve 8530. The BlackBerry Striker is a slimmer version of the soon-to-be-released Bold 9700 (Onyx) and will also come with 3G and a trackpad. Meanwhile, the Curve 8530 is the CDMA version of the current 8520 and is expected to be announced sooner than later. That’s all we have on BlackBerry front for now, but rest assured, we’ll report back to you guys ASAP once we get additional info on these upcoming RIM smartphones.

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