BlackBerry Dakota Pics Leaked

January 13, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Seemingly two steps behind the rest of the playing field, RIM finally seem to have built a BlackBerry handset with a capacitive touchscreen combined with the traditional QWERTY keypad… pretty much what the BlackBerry Bold should have been.

BlackBerry Dakota inages leaked

Images have leaked on to the web of the BlackBerry Dakota, a new handset that Research in Motion will no doubt expect to breathe new life into their mobile phones.

The hardware is looking good though – BlackBerry OS 6.1 is expected on this device, while the display is 2.8 inch and a 5MP camera provides HD video recording. The Dakota is also NFC (device-to-device) and 3G mobile hotspot enabled. Interestingly it has a proximity sensor, accelerometer and compass, which might help RIM out in unveiling the device at the 2011 Mobile World Congress 2011.

It has been difficult to observe criticism of RIM over the past 18 months and not wonder exactly what USP they offer in the second decade of the 21st century. While the BlackBerry Dakota (price and availability yet to be announced) would seem to be a decent piece of hardware, Android, iPhone and now even Windows Phone are now far more competent at the BlackBerry’s basic purpose of providing push email that the question has to be asked: just where does RIM and BlackBerry fit into the modern world of mobile technology?

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