Details of the Blackberry Dakota, a smartphone styled after the Blackberry Bold, first surfaced after RIM’s Blackberry Roadmap for 2011 was leaked. Soon after, the specifications of the Blackberry Dakota and a few rendered images of it also leaked out.
Today, we have the live images of the Blackberry Dakota / Montana, rumored to be the Blackberry Bold Touch. It will be the first Blackberry phone to sport both a touchscreen display and the famed Blackberry QWERTY keyboard.
The Blackberry Dakota / Montana will run Blackberry OS 6.1. It comes with a 2.8 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. It has 6.5 GB internal storage and comes with 512 MB RAM.
The Bold Touch will be slightly bigger than the Blackberry Bold, but will offer much more than its predecessor. It will also have a 5 MP camera with HD video recording, flash and image stabilization. It will offer Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and NFC support. It can also act as a 3G mobile hotspot. It will be one of the slimmest Blackberry devices at just 10.5 mm.
In the past few months, with the series of Android devices launched at CES 2011 and MWC 2011, it seems that everyone has almost forgotten about the Blackberry.
RIM is planning to launch a couple of new Blackberry smartphones in 2011, and details of quite a few such devices including the Blackberry Storm 3 have already leaked out.
Today, we have come across a video of the Blackberry Storm 3 (codenamed Monaco). The Blackberry Monaco comes with Blackberry OS 6.1 and comes with a nice design. The OS seems very fast and responsive, with an improved UI. It is very slim, at just 11.5 mm.
The Blackberry Monaco comes with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor and has 768 MB RAM. It has 4 GB internal storage and supports up to 32 GB microSD cards.
It is a dual band CDMA phone with EVDO Rev. A connectivity. It comes with a 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It also offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS. It also has NFC connectivity and supports Mobile Hotspot.
It will also have a 5 MP camera with autofocus and flash with support for 720p HD video recording. It is much better than the Blackberry Storm, but doesn’t offer anything that the new generation of Android smartphones, or the iPhone 5 won’t.
The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is the most talked, tweeted and blogged about phone right now. With the Samsung Galaxy S being a huge success and the most popular Android phone ever, all eyes are now on Samsung to give us its successor – the Samsung Galaxy S 2. It’s supposed to be bigger, better, faster and slimmer.
While alleged specs of the Galaxy S 2 had leaked before quite a few times, with most of them being fake, we still hadn’t seen any images of the Galaxy S 2. Well, just a day before the official launch of the Galaxy S 2 at Samsung’s event at the Mobile World Congress 2011, a very high resolution image of the Galaxy S 2 has been leaked by a Korean news website, Daum.
It also confirms that the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will come with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, a 1 GHz dual core processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread right out of the box. It will also offer Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and HSPA+ connectivity. It weighs just 116 gms and is slimmer than both the iPhone and the Galaxy S, at just 8.49 mm.
My guess is that it will come with an 8 MP camera and 1 GB RAM; we should know more in a day. Keep checking out Techie-Buzz for more MWC 2011 coverage.
When Motorola announced the Droid X last year, people around the globe were disappointed to see that the handset was running on Android 2.1. However, Motorola promised to deliver the Android 2.2 update for the Droid X by “late summer” and eventually they did.
The problem was that the Android 2.2 update for the DX brought more problems with it than the features and problems it solved!
Since then, Motorola released software updates to fix most of the issues. Now, since Google released the latest version of Android Gingerbread last month, Droid X owners must be impatiently waiting for their share of Gingerbread love.
One of the awesome developers on the Droid X modding scene p3droid over at My Droid Worldhas apparently managed to get his hands on a few screenshots of Android 2.3 running on the DX with the new MotoBlur UI on top of it. It is unclear whether p3droid managed to get his hands on a leaked SBF Android 2.3 file or he has flashed a Gingerbread ROM made from SDK. Going through the topic, I think it is the former.
It is nice to see Motorola is working on the Android 2.3 update for the Droid X. From the pictures, it also looks like Gingerbread on the DX is more or less ready. I guess Motorola will release the Gingerbread update for the Droid X in the next one month or so.
If GSM isn’t your thing and the previously leaked BlackBerry devices don’t interest you, you should be pleased to know that the folks at CrackBerry have turned up what looks to be the entire 2011 CDMA device lineup from RIM.
In what is titled “NARC BlackBerry Roadmap” and stamped as “Strictly Confidential” 7 different devices are indicated along with they respective estimated launch/availability dates. Of course, the PlayBook is shown for the next quarter of 2011 and will be the first tablet device from RIM to use their new QNX-based platform.
The presentation slides detail upcoming smartphone devices such as the Montana, Monaco and Malibu – a series of new touch screen smartphones that will be sporting BlackBerry 6.1 along with what RIM is calling BlackBerry Evolution 6, a highly integrated and seamless user experience with social networking, universal search as well as HTML5 and NFC capabilities.
It is quite clear that RIM hopes to push further and further into the consumer market by including features and hardware such as full HD 720p recording, augmented reality and OpenGL support for a better gaming experience.
For an entire view of the slides that detail more about each device, be sure to visit CrackBerry for the lineup.
Last year, Nokia launched its first Symbian^3 based handset the Nokia N8. The phone was heavily criticized for its poor web-browser, outdated UI and its disastrous text input system. Nokia had promised that they will release a new firmware for the N8 in January or early February which will improve some of the heavily criticized aspects of the phone.
Now, reports are coming in that the PR1.1 (v13.015) firmware for the N8 is under the final stages of testing before being rolled out to the public.
However, some folks over at the DailyMobile.se forums have managed to get their hands on this upcoming firmware for the N8. The PR1.1 firmware was listed on NaviFirm from where many users downloaded and flashed it on their N8. One user has even posted a video of the firmware in action on the N8.
Here is the video of PR1.1 firmware running on the Nokia N8-:
Users who flashed the firmware on their handset are reporting an improved browser performance and a more responsive music player. The overall performance of the handset and the RAM management have also improved. The Gallery app on the phone also seems to work a bit smoothly now.
Even though the browser performance has improved, it still crashes intermittently. Readers can also find a video of the browser speed test on the Nokia N8 running PR1.1 firmware here.
Nokia has promised more changes for the N8 including UI updates along with a web browser and text input overhaul in the upcoming firmware updates.
More pictures of the Nokia X7 have surfaced over at Pocketnow. This time around, a full “360” style image shows off the 4 speaker grilles and the 8 megapixel camera along with the dual LED flash. The AT&T logo sits loud and proud on the front upper portion of the X7, which is a clear indication that this music-centric device should be headed to the big blue carrier soon.
Unlike the N8 and E7, the X7 lacks an HDMI-out port but continues along with the same styling and design cues and seems to forgo a user-accessible battery for the sealed, monoblock aluminium body instead. The pictures indicate a volume rocker and dedicated camera key on the right side, both the SIM card slot and microSD card slot are covered by hard doors on the left side of the device, the bottom is bare save for a tiny microphone hole and the top houses the microUSB charge/sync port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and what looks to be an angular power button.
Although the X7 shares extremely similar internals at the E7 and N8, it has a newer and updated version of Symbian^3 as indicative of the 4 home screens available to the user. No word of a price or launch date on this yet, but sporting a carrier logo means it might be in the final stages of testing.
If the previously leakedBlackberrydevices weren’t enough, the folks over at BGR have gone ahead and posted up another image render aside some specifications of the Storm 3. Outfitted with a relatively large 3.7″ 480×800 resolution screen, one can only hope that RIM has decided to drop their “SurePress” technology and run with a regular “non buttoned” capacitive screen for ease of use to regular consumers. Along with the other “next generation” Blackberry devices, the Storm 3 packs new internals, supports “3G Mobile Hotspot” as well as the OpenGL standard and should also be shipping with OS 6.1.
Blackberry Storm 3 Specifications
3.7-inch 800 x 480 capacitive display
5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording
8GB eMMC (storage for apps and data), 512MB of RAM
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
2.4GHz b/g/n and 5GHz a/n Wi-Fi + UMA
3G Mobile hotspot
1230 mAh battery
A previously unknown member of the Samsung Galaxy family has been caught on camera by SamFirmware and Teena. Pictured below is the Samsung S5830, a smaller edition of the popular Galaxy S, which is expected to be announced next month at the Mobile World Congress.
Based the leaked spec sheet, the Samsung S5830 or Galaxy S Mini seems to a budget Android handset that is aimed at those who can’t afford the Galaxy S, but want something more competent than the Galaxy 3 and 5, which are Samsung’s low end Android handsets. The S5830 reportedly runs on FroYo (Android 2.2) and has an HVGA (480 x 320 pixels) display. It features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, MicroSD and MicroUSB. The processor being used by Samsung is Qualcomm’s MSM7227.