BGR just unloaded a handful of leaks showcasing what RIM has in store for us this 2011 — complete with pictures and specs — all of which run on a point upgrade of their current mobile platform, BlackBerry 6, and featuring 5-megapixel cameras and NFC support.
First off, we have the new Curve Apollo. This baby runs on an 800MHz processor complemented by 512MB RAM, GPS, and the usual suspects – WiFi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1, and tri-band HSPA (7.2Mbps) connectivity.
Next, there’s the Dakota Bold smartphone. Appearance-wise, it looks like your typical Berry, but don’t be fooled: this is actually a touchscreen QWERTY handet. The Dakota rocks a 2.8-inch 640×480 resolution capacitive touchscreen, flash and image stabilization to complement its camera, HD video recording, magnetometer, accelerometer, 768MB RAM, 4GB of storage and, just like the iPhone (thanks to iOS 4.3), will also be getting WiFi Hotspot capabilities. This should serve as a nice alternative to the Torch, especially for those who aren’t fans of the slider form factor.
Speaking of the Torch, here are the specs of the aptly-named successor to the first-ever RIM slider, the Torch 2. They’ve upped its processor to 1.2GHz processor, the resolution to 640×480, doubled the internal memory to 8GB, and added an accelerometer and magnetometer to the mix as well. It may still look every inch the same as the current Torch, but its specs definitely prove otherwise. This one is reportedly debuting to the US via AT&T in late Q3, which, if true, could mean it’ll hit the local market sometime in Q4 or early 2012 at the latest.
Last, but certainly not the least, here’s the upgrade to RIM’s full touchscreen phone, the Storm 3, codenamed the Monaco. This too will run on a 1.2GHz processor, and will feature the best resolution display ever to be equipped on a RIM handset (800×480). It also sports a much larger SurePress-less touchscreen (3.7-inches vs 3.25-inch on the current Storm 2), 512MB RAM, OpenGL ES2.0 support and, just like the Dakota, comes with WiFi Hotspot capabilities, a proximity sensor, magnetometer, and HD video recording. ETA for the Storm 3 is pegged sometime in September.
So, what do you think guys? Has RIM done enough with their 2011 lineup to win your approval? Or is your loyalty already with other phone makers?
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