Recent reports indicate that Research in Motion (RIM) will only be announcing one device at this year’s BlackBerry World. This news comes as a surprise considering the host of other smartphones that RIM is reportedly working on. Quite a few models are supposedly set to be released in the relatively near future, although they have have yet to be officially announced.
The headliner by default at BlackBerry World 2011 will be a Touchscreen addition to the Bold line: the BlackBerry Bold Touch. Reports of this device have been circulating since early January, when it was thought to be named the BlackBerry Dakota. Initial information on the smartphone indicates that it will have a 2.8-inch VGA (640 x 480) capacitive touchscreen, a physical keyboard, BlackBerry OS 6.1, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 5 MP camera.
RIM Ignoring the Rest of Its Releases?
The specifications of several other BlackBerry smartphones have been substantially rumored and are currently anticipated, but have not yet had an official unveiling. If the Bold Touch receives exclusive treatment at BlackBerry World, it would obviously leave these devices off of the announcement schedule, and out in the cold.
Among the most anticipated of the devices that apparently won’t be receiving an official announcement at RIM’s tradeshow next month include the BlackBerry Torch 2, the continuation of the Torch line known for featuring slide-out keyboards. This model will supposedly sport a 3.2-inch VGA (640 x 480) capacitive display, tri-band HSPA+ connectivity for Wireless Data speeds up to 14.4 Mbps, BlackBerry OS 6.1, a 1.2GHz processor, 8 GB of internal memory and 512 MB of RAM.
Other notable announcement omissions would include some more touchscreen-only devices RIM has planned. It is rumored that both the BlackBerry Storm3 and BlackBerry Curve Touch will forgo the traditional physical keyboard that has become a staple in many BlackBerry devices. But as it currently stands, the Bold Touch will allegedly be hogging its Touchscreen counterparts’ spotlight.
BlackBerry World is just around the corner, coming to Orlando on May 3-5. Only then will the rumors transform into official announcements.