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BlackBerry Curve Touch Emerges

David Gilbert


BlackBerry Curve Touch Emerges

Last week we got a glimpse at what RIM was planning for the BlackBerry line of smartphones in 2011 and it seems as if security is more of a suggestion than a rule over at the headquarters in Canada following more leaks today.

Today the guys over at CrackBerry got their hands on the 2011/2012 roadmap from RIM in relation to its CDMA models, but it also gives us an insight of what is to come for us GSM users over in this part of the world. Last week we saw the Dakota, Torch 2, Apollo and Storm 3 revealed however none of these show up on the CDMA roadmap as you can see above. However on closer inspection we see that the phones called Montana, Sedona and Monaco turn out to be the Dakota, Apollo and Storm 3 just in a CDMA disguise.

Looking to the right of the roadmap however and we see a little device called the Malibu which is slated for release in Q1 2012. The Malibu is in fact the Curve Touch which RIM is calling “the accessible all touch BlackBerry.” It sports a 3.25in 480x360 HVGA touchscreen display and does away completely with the QWERTY keyboard seen on previous models. It has a 800MHz Qualcomm processor and a 5 megapixel camera which allows for HD video recording. It has 1GB of Flash memory built-in with 512MB of RAM and a microSD card slot.

RIM are obviously feeling the NFC love, building it into this model and by the time it reaches the shops the technology will hopefully be implemented in more locations than just McDonald’s. The Curve Touch, like all the up coming releases, will run BlackBerry OS 6.1 which will bring the advantages of OpenGL support, mobile hotspot capability, 24-bit color, a better web browser, and an overhauled virtual keyboard.

Source: CrackBerry


January 28, 2011, 9:55 pm

I must admit to liking the physical keyboard on my Blackberry. I have tried a couple of touch-screen phones (an HTC & a Nokia) & did not get on with them at all. So whilst I would consider an HTC z I am not sure I would want a Blackberry without the keyboard.

Mind, I would like a larger screen which is where a slide out keyboard wins every time!


January 28, 2011, 11:14 pm

I just don't understand this. It really annoys me and I know it shouldn't, but why are RIM constantly releasing products that belong in 2007? I mean common, it's getting ridiculous now. We have LG and Motorola about to release dual-core processor smartphones with resolutions of more than 480x800 and what's RIM doing? 800mhz and STILL the stock 360x480 resolution.

You know what, I actually hate RIM more than I hate Apple. Sure Apple is overpriced and hugely brand orientated, but their products are cutting edge technology. With RIM, what is there except Blackberry's own email client and the brand identity? Is the email client THAT amazing or are really consumers THAT stupid?


January 29, 2011, 5:28 am


You obviously have never owned a blackberry!

iPhone = fashion toy

Android = geek chic (used to be iPhone)

BBerry = best enterprise messaging and best keyboards. Real work tools.

Ask an iphone owner what their next phone purchase ill be...answer - iPhone5.

Ask a BBerry owner what their next phone is...answer - I dont want to change my bberry!

Look beyond the iSheep phone and realise you are staring at real functionality, not 1000 fart apps.

purleeease dont believe the hype

Tony Young

January 29, 2011, 1:41 pm

@enarca Stupid? No, the people who buy RIM are business people, not gamers or geeks. They just need their email to work and the prefer a keyboard, typically.

And I've never been/used a Crackberry, I use a Desire for business AND pleasure.


January 29, 2011, 9:10 pm

I love my blackberry as I said, the keyboard works for me. I use it for email all the time,& you are right; I don't play games & I doubt anybody would call me a geek!

As to fashion items, you have one if you want & I'll stick to what works for me!


January 30, 2011, 9:26 pm

@Enarca -

Buddy, you need to relax a little. Why do you 'hate' something you don't have any vested interest in: horses/courses? I don't have a BB, but everyone I know who does loves them. They're gimmick-free, do what they're designed to do very well, and are, it seems, built like tanks. I've also never met a BB owner who sits there babbling on about the next upgrade of their current handset, possibly because they're a bit more grown up than that. And unlike many iPhone users, most BB users don't see their handset as an 'entertainment portal'.

Also, 800MHz is still quite a punch, and, crucially, it will not tax the battery: BB owners don't want to spend half their working day looking for a power point to charge their phone. This is a big factor in the business world - like it or not.

Seriously. It's only a phone....


January 31, 2011, 4:28 am

Doesnt exactly sound like the future so I stand with Enarca on this one..

It seems silly that their doing away with one of Blackberrys usp, the physical keyboard... but i guess there just trying t expand into new markets...


January 31, 2011, 9:44 pm

I dunno, this bit of humour seemed appropriate:


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