Next-Generation BlackBerry Bold to Sport a Touchscreen

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Details on a device code-named the BlackBerry ‘Dakota’ have leaked out of RIM. This model will have a great deal in common with previous devices in the BlackBerry Bold series, but will apparently be the first in this line with a touchscreen.

The first Bold debuted from AT&T back in 2009, and follow-up models have been offered by a variety of wireless carriers. This series of business-oriented smartphones has always used the traditional BlackBerry design — a thumb-keyboard fixed below a relatively small display.

BlackBerry DekotaThe next model in this series is supposedly going to use this classic design, but with an added twist: a touchscreen.

RIM has put greater emphasis on touchscreens in recent months, and the BlackBerry OS 6.0 is the first operating system from this company that allows devices like the BlackBerry Torch, which has both a physical keyboard and a touchscreen.

More Details on the BlackBerry Dakota
According to an unconfirmed report, the Dakota is going to debut with BlackBerry OS 6.1, the first device to have this new version. A new feature included in this version will be mobile hotspot software, allowing this smartphone to share its 3G wireless connection with other computers over Wi-Fi.

It will supposedly include a 2.8-inch VGA (640 x 480) capacitive touchscreen.

The version of the Dakota that’s in the leak is a GSM/GPRS/EDGE phone with tri-band UMTS. Of course, a CDMA version could also be in development. Other wireless capabilities will include Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth.

This Blackberry will also allegedly include a 5 megapixel camera with flash, HD video recording, and image stabilization. 

Pricing and Availability?
This report does not indicate when the Blackberry Dakota will be released, or by which carriers. In the past, various Bold models have been offered by AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

Pricing for this smartphone has not yet leaked out.

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