Several new BlackBerry touchscreen and keypad phones are coming to a CDMA network near you sometime this year or early in the next. The team over at CrackBerry.com retrieved a leaked presentation on BlackBerry’s lineup, and the forecast is heavy. It includes a Bold-like handset called the Montana, what looks like an update to the 8800 series named Sedona, and two elegant touchscreen phones codenamed Monaco and Malibu, the latter of which is expected to be the first BlackBerry Curve to go all-touchscreen.
Each device boasts special perks afforded by a RIM software update to BB OS 6.1. Included in the update is software-side support for the following: HD video recording up to 720p, Near Field Communications support for short-wave radio-based actions (like mobile payments), improved gaming performance thanks to OpenGL, a better Webkit browser, and mobile hotspot support. Lots more details and phone specs to look over! Check it all out below.
The Monaco Touch
This device could be the Storm 3, though CrackBerry.com suspects it will fall under different branding when it hits the shelves sometime in the summer of 2011. The touchscreen-only phone has a 1.2-GHz CPU, a 3.7-inch display with 800 x 480-pixel resolution, an interesting 15:9 aspect ratio, and a 253 dpi density. The Monaco is listed as a mobile hotspot-capable device, packs a 5-MP camera with HD recording power, and includes a NFC chip baked-in.
The Bold Touch (Montana)
Though it’s called the Bold Touch in the leaked documents, the handset packs a very Bold-like QWERTY keypad with RIM’s wave-tipped button keys. The handset houses a 1.2-GHz Qualcomm CPU, a 2.8-inch display with a 640 x 480 resolution with a pixel density of 287 dpi, comes with a NFC chip, and is said to work as a mobile hotspot.
The BlackBerry Sedona
Billed as “The Next Generation of the Curve” the Sedona looks like a modernized take on the 8800 BlackBerry series. That means it has a wider “full-size” keypad beneath it’s 480 x 360-pixel HVGA display. It will also pack NFC, but there’s no mention of mobile hotspot support.
The Curve Touch (Malibu)
Crackberry.com calls this the first BlackBerry Curve without a keyboard. It’ll have an 800GHz CPU, 3.25-inch HVGA display with a 480 x 36- pixel screen, and a 5-MP camera with HD video recording. Oddly, it’s listed as a having just one 1GB flash drive with 512MB of RAM and a hot swappable microSD slot (size not mentioned). We assume SD cards will be easy to swap out and that ease-of-use will make up for the dearth of on-board memory.
Keep in mind that each page of the document has a little note on it that reads “Feature set subject to change.” So nothing is set in stone here. But if your BlackBerry lust is aflame, head over to CrackBerry.com for more details.