BlackBerry Dakota: RIM’s QWERTY touchscreen hybridThe long rumored, highly anticipated, BlackBerry Dakota has been confirmed. Blending together the best of both worlds, BlackBerry’s hardware QWERTY keyboard, and a VGA resolution capacitive touchscreen, we might just be looking at the perfect ‘Storm’. Is this the BlackBerry you’ve been waiting for?

Toting a design reminiscent of the original BlackBerry Bold, the BlackBerry Dakota looks to be the future of RIM’s smartphone franchise. Sporting the BlackBerry OS 6.1 like the Apollo, leaked earlier today, the BlackBerry Dakota is hoping to be a serious contender in the smartphone space. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of RIM’s latest creation.

Much like the Apollo, the Dakota is a quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS 3G device, able to cruise the global with voice and data without skipping a beat. An equally matched five megapixel camera is located on the rear of the handset, but with one big difference – HD video recording. Internally there’s 4 GB of storage and 768 MB of RAM, beating the 512/512MB seen on the Apollo.

Being the first touchscreen, hardware keyboard hybrid, the BlackBerry Dakota features a 2.8-inch VGA resolution capacitive touchscreen. The pixel density is surely impressive, but we have our reservations about using such a small sized touch screen — we’ll just have to wait to try this out in person before rendering a verdict.

Other highlights of the BlackBerry Dakota include Bluetooth 2.1, NFC, magnetometer, accelerometer, proximity sensor and an even thinner design than the Apollo — down to 10.5 mm instead of 11 mm. It’s time to let us know what you think about the BlackBerry Dakota — is this your dream BlackBerry or are you holding out for the Tegra 2 super phones?

via BGR

  • bensillis

    It looks decent, but honestly, this should have happened two years ago. This is basically a Palm Pre with a better keyboard.

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