BlackBerry to unveil full touchscreen phone

BlackBerry gets touchy

A new range of BlackBerry handsets to be unveiled by RIM next month will include a powerful full touchscreen phone.

The handset, provisionally titled the BlackBerry Touch, will be the successor to the partly touchscreen based Storm 2 and will run OS 6.1. An intriguing development could be that users will need a BlackBerry ID to log into the system, as opposed to the classic BBM PIN, which may make it easier to back-up, restore and share data as well as contacts in the BlackBerry Messenger.

Boy Genius Report, which has leaked pictures, claims the device is: "Thinner, faster and sexier than the Storm."

Getting down to specifics

Specifications have been rumoured to include 8GB onboard memory, 1.2GH processor and 512MB of RAM with a microSD slot for extra space. It's also expected to feature Near Field Communication or touch-based interactions including mobile payments.

The US Verizon Wireless version will be codenamed Monaco, while the global GSM will be known as Monza. Both versions won't be continuing the troublesome SurePress 'innovation' which drew complaints from critics.

Recently, RIM's BlackBerry shied away from this and shifted its focus to the tablet-world in its attempt to rival Apple's iPad 2. It plans to release the first version of the PlayBook later this year. For now though, it's all about the BlackBerry Touch and RIM is expected to make it official at the BlackBerry World conference in May 2011.

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