Research in Motion could be planning to make a radical change to its long-running Curve series — an upcoming model will reportedly forgo a keyboard and instead be designed around a touchscreen.
An image and some of the specifications for the BlackBerry Curve Touch have appeared on the Web. If these are not a hoax, they give the world its first glimpse of a new strategy from RIM to produce consumer-oriented touchscreen-only models.
The long-running Curve series has sold by the million, and over the years has been through a number of redesigns. But whatever the details, every Curve model has a physical keyboard.
This won’t be true if the Curve Touch is released, as it’s reportedly going to happen late this year or early next year.
Touchscreens for Everyone
RIM released its first touchscreen-only model back in 2008, but has since been slow to fully adopt this design. The first one, the original BlackBerry Storm, was followed by a sequel a year later, but there was no Storm3 released in 2010. This caused some to think RIM was abandoning this form factor.
However, the leaked image of the Curve Touch looks a great deal like the Storm series, and an earlier leak indicates that the Storm3 is going to be introduced this fall.
The Curve series primarily targets consumers, while the Storm models are for business users. RIM is apparently planning to give both groups the option of a touchscreen-only BlackBerry.
This company released its first touchscreen and keyboard model last year, the BlackBerry Torch. And the upcoming version of the BlackBerry Bold will allegedly get a touchscreen while holding onto its keyboard.
More about the BlackBerry Curve Touch
According to the specifications list that has leaked out, the Curve Touch will have a 3.25-inch, HVGA (360 x 480) touchscreen.
It will run on an 800 MHz Qualcomm processor, and have 512 MB of RAM. This device will supposedly include 1 GB of internal storage as well as a microSD memory card slot.
The BlackBerry Curve Touch will also allegedly have 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver, plus a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera.
Inside RIM, this device reportedly goes by the code-name ‘Malibu’.