Smartphone stalwart RIM's market share may be moving steadily towards iOS and Android, but it certainly has no intention of putting up with it, if the latest leaks are anything to go by. No fewer than three new BlackBerry models have popped up online in the last day or so, including the replacement for the BlackBerry Torch, itself only a few months old. But can they arrest the slide and restore BlackBerry's smartphone crown?
Time will no doubt tell, but the new arrivals – outed in a series of exclusives by Boy Genius Report – do look to be an ambitious signal of RIM's smartphone intentions for 2011.
First up is the BlackBerry Dakota, clearly destined to be the latest handset in the Bold lineage (Blackberry Dakota specification). The traditional Bold styling is present and correct, as is the ubiquitous QWERTY keyboard, but RIM has given the screen a serious jump in size up to 2.8in, with a 640 x 480 resolution to boot.
Elsewhere, the camera resolution has been bumped up to 5 megapixels, with 4GB of on-board storage and BlackBerry OS 6.1 ticking over too.
Then there's the Torch 2, due to replace RIM's most consumer-focused handset to date, (Torch 2 specification). It says a lot about how the Torch has been received that a replacement is being lined up so quickly, but the Torch 2 seems to keep faith with the original in most respects save one: the lightweight 600MHz is being sidelined for a far more powerful 1.2GHz chip.
Lastly there's the latest model headed for the Curve lineup, which is currently being codenamed the BlackBerry Apollo. Its more modest spec is headed up by an 800MHz processor, but like the Dakota it sees a 5-megapixel camera introduced, and also benefits from a better screen than before. As on all new BlackBerrys, OS 6.1 will run the show on the software front (full Rim Blackberry Apollo specification).
So far only the Torch 2 has been given a rough estimated launch date - sometime in Q3 - and it's too early to talk about prices at this stage.