New BlackBerry Handsets - What You Need To Know

By SpiderGuest

20 January 2011

We’ve seen over the past few days loads of new BlackBerry handsets being leaked online by BGR. The handsets leaked go from a revamped version of the Strom through to a new BlackBerry Bold. I must admit that all the new handsets look pretty slick but with confusion over the new Torch, we may need to wait to see if BlackBerry confirm specs.

The pattern which has emerged from the leaks is that all of the new BlackBerry handsets now have NFC communication, as seen in the Nexus S – is this going to the launchpad in 2011 for payments? As well as NFC, BlackBerryare putting OS6.1 into all of their new handsets to give them the ‘cutting edge’ against business phone competitors – Windows Phone 7.

BlackBerry Dakota/ Montana

This is going to be the replacement of the Bold2 which is currently BlackBerrys’ flagship handset and is a very popular handset in both Black and White.

BGR say that the Dakota/ Montana will be the new flash ship handset for BlackBerry in late 2011.

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Tri-band UMTS
  • 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, flash, and image stabilization
  • 4GB of built in storage, 768MB of RAM
  • 2.8-inch VGA 640×480 capacitive screen
  • WiFi b,g,n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies
  • 3G mobile hotspot (Mi-Fi)
  • MicroUSB port
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • Magnetometer (used for orientated directions)
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • 10.5mm thin
  • Launches with BlackBerry OS 6.1

BlackBerry Curve/ Apollo

I have always thought of the Curve as a  ‘cheaper’ option for businesses but BlackBerry have  finally given the handset a professional finish that it desperately needed to make it more luring to buy. Previous versions of the Curve, in my eyes, were just half jobs and went slow, unresponsive and just annoyed users after 3-months.

BlackBerry have finally taken the phone back to the drawing board and rectified the hardware issues with a new 800MHz processor (not really the fastest on the market but it’s a step in the right direction)

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Tri-band UMTS/HSPA 7.2Mbps
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 512MB of eMMC, 512MB of RAM
  • 5-megapixel camera with flash
  • HVGA 480 x 360 display
  • 1050 mAh battery
  • Tavor MG-1 800MHz CPU
  • BlackBerry OS 6.1
  • 11mm thin

BlackBerry Torch 2

We already gave you all a tweet about the leaked images of this handset and that it had a rather impressive central processor with OS6.1.

The only thing which now jumps out about the Torch 2 is that it has 512MB RAM whereas the Dakota/ Montana has 758MB RAM?

When the first Torch and Bold2 was released, it was sold on a £35 18-month contract. If the Dakota/ Montana is released on the same tariff as before, could we see the Torch2 as a cheaper option?

The handset is said to be released in Q3 for AT&T customers in the US so we wouldn’t expect anything until late Q3 to early Q4 over here in the UK.

  • 1.2GHz processor
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Tri-band HSPA 14.4Mbps
  • 3.2-inch VGA 640 x 480 capacitive display
  • 8GB built-in memory
  • 512MB RAM
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 5-megapixel camera with flash
  • Magnetometer
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • 1300 mAh battery
  • BlackBerry OS 6.1
  • OpenGL ES
  • 14.6mm thin

BlackBerry Storm3

According to BGR, the new Storm3 will be codenamed “Monaco and Monza” but we will have to wait until the handset is released for its official branded name. The same as all the other BlackBerry handsets, we will see the handset being released in Q3 2011.

  • Magnetometer
  • 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Proximity sensor
  • 8GB eMMC (storage for apps and data)
  • 512MB of RAM
  • Tri-band UMTS/HSPA, 2.4GHz b/g/n and 5GHz a/n Wi-Fi + UMA
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • microSD slot
  • 3G Mobile hotspot
  • Optical trackpad
  • Accelerometer
  • OpenGL ES 2.0
  • 1230 mAh battery
  • BlackBerry OS 6.1.

-Via PhonesReview & N4BB

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