Research In Motion is working on a keyboard-less phone called BlackBerry Curve Touch and codenamed Malibu that is shaped like the BlackBerry Curve, according to Crackberry.com.
BlackBerry Malibu is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm MSM 8655 processor clocked at 800MHz. It is a CDMA and 3G EV-DO Rev A enabled smartphone. BlackBerry Curve Touch, or Malibu, has a 3.25-inch 480 x 360 pixel or HVGA resolution display.
The Curve Touch has basic navigation keys and a trackpad for navigation, as well as a virtual QWERTY keyboard. The new BlackBerry phone has a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording high definition video. It has 1GB of flash memory and 512MB of RAM, as well as micro USB and micro SD slots that can be accessed while the phone is running.
BlackBerry Malibu uses Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Near Field Communication, Bluetooth 2.1 and A-GPS. The screen has an ambient light sensor for automatically adjusting brightness and an accelerometer for maintaining orientation. There’s no mention of a gyroscope, so playing motion sensing games perhaps isn’t a possibility on Malibu.
However, the new BlackBerry phone, it is said, will be released only about a year from now and it’s likely that these specs will change by then. For instance, the phone might support LTE and have a built in Wi-Fi router.
Other than the Malibu, RIM is working on a bunch of CDMA phones which include a version of BlackBerry Dakota called Montana with a 2.8-inch 640 x 480 pixel display; 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor; 5-megapixel camera with flash; 8GB of storage; NFC, etc.
There’s also talk of BlackBerry Monaco, a CDMA version of BlackBerry Storm 3. Montana and Monaco are likely to be released in the third quarter of 2011, before BlackBerry Sedona, a CDMA phone with keyboard which is expected to cost a little less than what Touch will.
The upcoming version of BlackBerry OS, version 6.1, which many of these devices are likely to use, will display “liquid graphics,” and have Web browsing features that use the increased connectivity and processing speed. Users will be able to customize the home screen to a high degree, and the OS will support voice search, according to tech blog Electronista.com
We will wait for the new lineup from BlackBerry to hit Indian shores. Meanwhile, BlackBerry Style, which was released in October 2010 will soon come to Tata Indicom and Reliance Communications in India. Style is a dual SIM phone and will be available in gray and purple colors. BlackBerry Style is expected to be priced at around Rs 25,00. Read our previous story for more info on BlackBerry Style