By Stephen Schenck | January 27, 2011 8:13 PM
RIM’s floodgates have opened, leaving us with an in-depth look at the company’s assortment of CDMA smartphones for the coming year, as well as a glimpse at changes on the horizon for its BlackBerry OS.
The Curve Touch will come out this fall, running BBOS 6 Evolution and recording HD video. The QWERTY-less design the phone features is looking very common among upcoming RIM smartphones, this time making space for a 3.25-inch screen. While the 800GHz processor the leaked slide describes sounds alluring, we’ll write that one off as a typo.
A little earlier, in mid-summer, RIM will release the Bold Touch (aka Montana), the Monaco Touch, and the Sedona – a new Curve. The Bold Touch looks like the stand-out here, with a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, and a case only 10.5 millimeters thick – a BlackBerry record. The Monaco Touch should give it some stiff competition, though, with the same CPU and RAM specs. Unlike the Bold Touch, it will forgo the QWERTY keyboard for a larger screen, but it lacks the variety of WiFi options the former will sport.
Future BlackBerry OS additions will include support for digital compass hardware, which RIM sees as aiding in the development of augmented reality applications. Open GL support should allow for better-looking-than-ever games, and low-latency “liquid graphics” claim to deliver a smoother UI experience. You can also look forward to wireless tethering, 720p video recording, and an enhanced on-screen keyboard. All this should spell quite the exciting year for RIM and its customers.