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BlackBerry Dakota Gets Photographed, Spec'd

With all this Tegra 2 and CDMA iPhone talk, there hasn’t been a lot of news for BlackBerry fans as of late. However, things aren’t completely silent on the RIM front. In fact, Boy Genius Report has gotten its hands on details and a clear photo of the touchscreen BlackBerry Dakota.

The Dakota is not quite as touchy-feely as RIM’s previous touchscreen efforts, the BlackBerry Storm and the BlackBerry Torch. Rather than a full touchscreen, the Dakota features a physical keyboard, which takes up about half of the phone's input real estate. However, unlike the BlackBerry Torch, the phone boasts a candybar form factor -- as opposed to a slider form factor -- and looks quite like the BlackBerry Bold.

Specs include 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen; a 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, flash, and image stabilization; 4GB of built in storage and 768MB of RAM; 2.8-inch VGA 640x480 capacitive screen; WiFi b,g,n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies; 3G mobile hotspot; MicroUSB; Bluetooth; NFC; Magnetometer; Accelerometer; Proximity sensor; a 10.5mm thick body; BlackBerry OS 6.1.

No word on pricing, release, or carrier, but we’re excited.

  • joytech22
    Imo I think they would do better if they had a slide out keyboard, now it has a tiny screen the same size and resolution as my camera's.
  • jerreece
    It's basically a BlackBerry Tour/Bold with a touch screen and slightly upgraded camera.
  • milktea
    BlackBerry needs to do better to stay in competition.
  • theshonen8899
    All of these Blackberries just cater to the small group of people who live behind the facade of professional businessmen. If you were really sending off that many emails to the point you need a keyboard, you need an actual flip keyboard or slide keyboard, because this does not do the trick.
  • wawa sxm
    bb bold is still the best bb....if i wanted a touch screen i woulda gotten an iphone. imo this is the phone bb users have been waiting for. and yes i do send a lot of emails as our clients are all over the world and the torch although is better than the storm is still not that good
  • Pretty sweet that it supports the 5GHz band
  • Startingline13
    t is still the best device out there for it, hands down.

    Milk, you're absolutely correct, Blackberry is really starting to fall behind. Granted they aren't really catering to the same market as the android, or iOS user, but when business individuals such as myself see such attractive options in other phones, that's when BB starts to get in trouble.
  • shadowryche
    Been itching to throw my Blackberry in the trash since I got it. Its limits plus Sprint's nerfs are making me wish I went Android like I wanted.
  • xantek24
    if its south dakota, i ain't buying it....
  • one-shot
    Dakota is a Sioux word meaning friend or ally.