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2011 BlackBerry Smartphone Roadmap
By Kevin Michaluk on 10 Feb 2011 08:30 am EST
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The first few weeks of January 2011 brought forth a number of device leaks to the internet, which when combined provide relatively comprehensive insight into what we'll see from Research In Motion this year both in terms of major product launches and device software updates. As you read through this roundup keep in mind that unofficial information can always change by the time it does get officially announced. To make sure you're always up to date, you'll want to keep it locked to CrackBerry.com (follow us via RSS or Twitter) or signup for our CrackBerry newsletter and we'll keep you up to date by email. Keep reading for RIM's 2011 BlackBerry Roadmap!

New BlackBerry Smartphones Expected in 2011

It's often said that past precedent is the best indicator of future performance and over the past couple of years the varying BlackBerry device form factors and product families have become well established. The Bold, Curve and Pearl families are now staples that span both GSM and CDMA carriers around the globe, and we've seen Torch, Storm and Style devices be used as carrier exclusives in the USA and also get rolled out internationally. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out RIM's next product cycle will mainly involve upgrades within each of these existing product lines. 

The main contention coming into the next generation of BlackBerry Smartphones we will see roll out in 2011 is what operating system the devices will utilize. With the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using the QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS and RIM's Co-CEO saying that you will (at some point) see QNX on BlackBerry Smartphones, the hope/possibility existed that QNX could be on the next BlackBerry you run out and buy. That question has now been answered, and the answer is the traditional BlackBerry OS will endure at least a little longer in the form of BlackBerry 6.1, which brings with it a number of new features. We'll talk more on BlackBerry 6.1 more later.

On the hardware side, 2011 will finally see RIM roll out much needed upgrades, bringing forth faster processors, HD video recording, 3D graphics support to new GSM devices, higher resolution displays and memory upgrades. We'll also see the company embrace NFC this year (helping your BB work with accessories or basically allowing you to use your phone as a credit card). Good stuff all around.

So while the operating system improvements will mainly be incremental in 2011, these will by far be the best BlackBerry Smartphones ever built.  

Note: Most of the following information either surfaced on CrackBerry.com or BGR.com over the month of January 2011. Info can change and is not guaranteed to be correct. As always, we do our best to provide the clear picture here... you'll want to check back often to make sure you're always up to date.

BlackBerry Bold Touch

BlackBerry Bold Touch

GSM Codename: Dakota ; CDMA Codename: Montana

2011 will finally bring the touchscreen experience to the traditional BlackBerry form factor! Likely to launch as the BlackBerry Bold Touch (we called that name back in 2008 but of course things can change in the name game) the Bold Touch is said to be the thinnest BlackBerry ever and features a forged, machined stainless steel frame. So while the photo above looks a bit like a Bold 9000 with an optical trackpad, expect the profile and rear view shots of this one to get you more excited when they emerge. 

BlackBerry Bold Touch Key Specs:

  • Dimensions: 115 x 66 x 10.5mm
  • Processor:
    • Montana / CDMA: Qualcomm 1.2GHz CPU
    • Dakota / GSM: TBA...
  • Radio:
    • Montana / CDMA: 800/1900 MHz EvDO Rev A with Receive Diversity (PCS Only); Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; Dual Band UMTS (HSPA 7.2/5.76) 900/2100MHz
    • Dakota / GSM: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; Tri Band UMTS
  • Display: 2.8" diagonal - VGA 640 x 480, resolution 287dpi
  • Camera: 5mp - Flash - Image Stabilization - HD Recording (720p)
  • Navigation: Capacitive Touch, Optical Trackpad
  • Keypad: Wide QWERTY - Physical Send, End, Escape, Menu, Right Side Convenience Key, Volume Control
  • Memory: 8GB - 768MB RAM - up to 32GB MicroSd Card
  • WiFi: 2.4 GHZ b/g/n - 5GHz a/n - Mobile Hotspot
  • Connectivity: Micro USB - Bluetooth - NFC
  • Sensors: Magnetometer - Accelerometer - Proximity

BlackBerry Bold Touch

Updated: On February 20th, new REAL photos of the BlackBerry Dakota leaked onto the internet. Click the link for the story and full set of photos, and catch a couple more images below. 

BlackBerry Bold Touch

BlackBerry Bold Touch

BlackBerry Bold Touch


Next Generation BlackBerry Curve

Next Generation BlackBerry Curve

GSM Codename: Apollo ; CDMA Codename: Sedona

Following up the BlackBerry Curve 85xx series and BlackBerry Curve 3G series, the next generation of BlackBerry Curve (we're not sure on naming yet) looks to be stellar upgrade for what RIM considers to be their entry level line of smartphone, giving it a big boost in speed and a sleek new look. The new BlackBerry Curve is set to launch with BlackBerry 6.1 Lite. While no exact details have emerged as to what exactly Lite means at the time of this writing, we suspect it simply leaves out some of the functionality that's associated with the hardware specs of the new devices - the new Curve lacks the touchscreen and sensors (magnetometer, accelerometer, proximity) that its more upscale sibling the Bold Touch will possess.

Next Generation BlackBerry Curve Key Specs:

  • Processor:
    • Apollo / GSM: Tavor MG-1 800MHz CPU
    • Sedona / CDMA: Qualcomm MSM 8655 800GHz CPU
  • Radio:
    • Apollo / GSM: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE ; Tri-band UMTS/HSPA
    • Sedona / CDMA: EvDO Rev A
  • Display: HVGA Display, 480 x 360 Display, 246 DPI
  • Navigation: Trackpad + Navigation Keys + Narrow QWERTY
  • Camera: 5 MP
  • Memory: 512MB RAM + 512MB storage + up to 32GB MicroSD Card
  • Wi-Fi:802.11 b/g/n
  • GPS: Autonomous & A=GPS
  • Connectivity: MicroUSB - Bluetooth - NFC
  • Software: BlackBerry v6.1 Lite

Next Generation BlackBerry Curve


New Full Touchscreen BlackBerry  (Storm successor)

BlackBerry Monaco / Monza

GSM Codename: Monza ; CDMA Codename: Monaco

Monaco and Monza will be successors to the BlackBerry Storm2, but along with others in the BlackBerry-sphere we have our doubts that we'll see the plagued Storm name grace this next-generation full touchscreen BlackBerry Smartphone (we did see RIM phase out the Tour name, so we shouldn't be shocked to see them kill off the Storm name). Also, unlike the Storms before it, this new full touchscreen doesn't have a clickable/SurePress display and also possesses the optical trackpad for non-touchscreen navigation. In a world getting overrun with glass slabs, it could be here that RIM wanted to keep some brand identity present and provide an optional means of navigation for that so-important BlackBerry one-hand ease of use.

At the time of this writing we haven't seen specs yet leak for the GSM version of this device, which is believed to be going under the codename Monaco, nor do we know for certain if like the BlackBerry Storm and Storm2 that this will be a Verizon exclusive in the USA. With Verizon pushing Android and now the iPhone 4 quite heavily, we're really of the mindset RIM's next full touchscreen will be available as are Bolds and Curves. With the highest resolution of any BlackBerry Smartphone to date and support for what RIM is called Enhanced BlackBerry 6.1 and BlackBerry Evolution 6, this could be the hottest BlackBerry of the year (we've even heard rumors this will be the first BlackBerry that runs apps off the external memory card - fingers crossed!).

Next Generation Full Touchscreen BlackBerry Specs:

  • Dimensions: Sleek, thin profile - 11.5mm thick (120 x 62 x 11.5 mm)
  • Processor:
    • Monza / GSM: TBA...
    • Monaco / CDMA: Qualcomm 1.2GHz Processor
  • Radio:
    • Monza / GSM: TBA...
    • Monaco / CDMA: Dual band CDMA, EV-DO Rev A, RX Diversity ; Quad band EDGE / Single Band UMTS
  • Display: 3.7" - 800x480 resolution, 15:9 aspect ration, 253 DPI
  • Camera: 5 MP - Flash - Image Stabilization - HD Video Recording (720p)
  • Navigation: Capacitive touch + BlackBerry navigation keys + optical navigation module. One convenience key
  • Memory: 4GB storage + 768MB RAM + up to 32GB MicroSD
  • WiFi/GPS: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + GPS + Bluetooth 2.1 EDR + Mobile HotSpot
  • Connectivity: Micro USB - Bluetooth - NFC
  • Sensors: Magnetometer - Accelerometer - Proximity
  • Software: Enhanced BlackBerry SW v.6.1, BlackBerry Evolution 6, Open GL ES 2.0, APIs for magnetometer and augmented reality apps

Update: On February 17th, a video leaked onto the internet of a real BlackBerry Monaco! See video below.


BlackBerry Torch 2

BlackBerry Torch 2

GSM Codename: Torch2? Talledaga 2? ; CDMA: no word on a CDMA Torch yet

Yes, this is really what the first Torch should have been. Not dwelling on the past, the Torch 2 gets a much-needed upgrade to RIM's newest hardware platform, and will be rocking essentially twice the CPU speed of the first Torch. We still haven't had any concrete word of a CDMA version of the Torch coming up the pipe, though we do know there are a lot of CDMA BlackBerry fans out there who wish there was one. It's interesting to note these initial Torch 2 specs list the RAM at 512MB, but we may see that get bumped up by the time it's officially released given that the Bold Touch and new full-touchscreen BlackBerry will be rocking 768MB (could be CDMA devices requires 768MB as GSM can get away with 512MB - time will tell). The specs on the Torch 2 at the time of this posting are not quite as fully detailed as some of the other devices in this roundup, but hopefully we'll see it launch with the same sort of capabilities as the Bold Touch and new full touchscreen (full out sensors, HD video recording, etc.). 

BlackBerry Torch 2 Key Specs:

  • Processor: 1.2 GHz processor
  • Radio: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE ; Tri-band HSPA 14.4Mbps
  • Display: 3.2" VGA - 480 x 640 capacitive touchscreen display
  • Memory: 8GB storage + 512MB RAM + up to 32GB MicroSD
  • Connectivity: WiFi + Bluetooth + NFC
  • Camera: 5 MP
  • Battery: 1300MAh battery
  • Dimension: 14.6mm thick 
  • Sensors: magnetometer


BlackBerry Curve Touch

BlackBerry Curve Touch

GSM Codename: tba ; CDMA Codename: Malibu

Maybe the biggest surprise of the 2011 BlackBerry Smartphone roadmap is the introduction of a full touchscreen version of the entry-level BlackBerry Curve line.  The BlackBerry Curve Touch will scrap the keyboard in favor of a bigger touchscreen. Though only the CDMA version of the Curve Touch has been detailed so far, we suspect a GSM version to definitely be in the works too (and wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see the CDMA version launch prior to the GSM one). 

  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM 8655 800MHz CPU
  • Radio: CDMA - EvDo Rev A
  • Display: 3.25" 480x360 HVGA
  • Navigation: Trackpad & Nav Keys
  • Keypad: Virtual QWERTY
  • Camera: 5 MP (with HD Video recording)
  • Memory: 1GB Flash + 512MB RAM, Hot Swap MicroSD slot
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • GPS: Autonomous & A-GPS
  • Connectivity: NFC, Micro USB, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Sensors: Ambient Light Sensor, accelerometer

What about the Style and Pearl?

We have yet to see any BlackBerry Smartphone 2011 information leak out onto the interwebs for updates to the BlackBerry Style or Pearl series, but it wouldn't be crazy to assume upgrades to these devices are in the works. Whether they hit in 2011 or later we don't know yet (afterall, the original Pearl went quite a long time before getting updated to the Pearl 3G), but at this time there's no information to suggest RIM would quit paying attention to these product families either. Keep it locked to CrackBerry to find out more!


What about Launch Dates?

Since the announcement of the BlackBerry PlayBook in September 2009, more than smartphone it has felt that RIM is all about tablets. With RIM now stretching its smartest people between pushing out the PlayBook with it's QNX-based OS and working on getting BlackBerry 6.1 out the door for the next generation of phone hardware, we suspect early 2011 to be in a bit of a phone drought. Once the PlayBook is selling, then we'll hopefully start seeing the majority of the new phones launch in Q2 and Q3.

CDMA Roadmap 2011

The above roadmap is for a regional CDMA carrier, and you can see devices like the Montana and Monaco are set to launch in Q3. With bigger CDMA carriers and GSM carriers typically historically launching products sooner (regional CDMAs would be on the latter of the priority list), we really hope it will be early in Q2 when we get to start buying devices like the BlackBerry Bold Touch.

And with RIM now re-branding their annual WES conference into BlackBerry World, we're also really hoping to see them turn this event into more of a product launch show than it has been in the past. If we were to see a device like Monaco get announced here (in early May), we'd hope we'd be able to buy one by early into Q3.


BlackBerry 6.1 Incremental Features 

BlackBerry 6.1 Features

If you're not familiar with BlackBerry 6, you'll want to check out our full BlackBerry 6 Review for what's in the current operating system. As for what's happening in BlackBerry 6.1 that these new 2011 devices will get to take advantage of, here's what we can expect:

  • Faster User Experience - In addition to the snappier experience of more CPU power in the next generation of BlackBerry hardware, RIM is implementing something they have dubbed "Liquid Graphics" which optimizes the graphics pipeline and BlackBery Java apps to offer increases in frames per second performance with instant UI action/response, fluid animations, etc.  It should be the best touchscreen experience yet. In 6.1 it supports high resolution (24 bit color) graphics across all apps, and it leverages the hardware and architecture to reduce UI Lag and Latency.
  • Improved Web Browsing - The new browser will leverage the increased processing power and hardware-enabled graphics acceleration to provide what RIM is touting to be industry leading performance.  
  • More Powerful Search - The Universal Search of BlackBerry 6 is going to be extended to now enable Voice-enabled Universal Search. There will also be graphical tweaks here to improve US.
  • Greater Personalization - You'll be able to manage the Home Screen panes of BlackBerry 6 (disable/hide different views like Media, Favorites, etc. as you wish.
  • Enhanced Virtual Keyboard on Touchscreen Devices - Expect a better virtual keyboard with single entry point for numbers/symbols from alphabetical mode, and improved visuals to show temporary states and to hide the keyboard.

You can check out the slides below for a bit more detail on these new features and for what BlackBerry 6.1 Evolution details as well. 

CDMA BlackBerry Roadmap 2011
CDMA BlackBerry Roadmap 2011
CDMA BlackBerry Roadmap 2011
CDMA BlackBerry Roadmap 2011
CDMA BlackBerry Roadmap 2011
CDMA BlackBerry Roadmap 2011
CDMA BlackBerry Roadmap 2011
CDMA BlackBerry Roadmap 2011
CDMA BlackBerry Roadmap 2011
CDMA BlackBerry Roadmap 2011

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What's kinda insane is I didn't even use all of my Berrys for that... had about 8 left (and didn't have my Torch on me or would have put that one in for sure). 

Making that #2 was hard though. Just no nice way to make a nice a two out of BlackBerrys. I wonder how much RIM would give me for them all on their trade up program? :)

@$##@%@!!!!  lol. yeah, that may have just worked... will use that idea for next year... 2012 BlackBerry Smartphone Roadmap explained :)

wouldnt really work tho as you`d have profile views and front views of devices, maybe get some inpulse watches as the `pivots`instead.

I think I'm looking at 2 9630's and no 9650's :o

As for the trade up..

They'd probably give you like 400 for the latest models.
then 20 each for the old ones. lol

I think monaco would be more of a BlackBerry World announcment than MWC one... I think until PlayBook is released we may not see any phones... so hopefully some cool PlayBook stuff at least at MWC. I guess we'll see soon!

I know there's been rumors that maybe with some of these new devices coming later in the year (monaco) that it might having 6.1 running on top of a qnx base, but i haven't had any trustable proof/evidence of that yet come my way. 

i tend to think RIM is in the business of seling devices... so it makes more sense for them to push all these new phones out the door, then push out a next gen of qnx phones, vs. making ones that are upgradeable to qnx (as a company, they'd rather see you do an early upgrade and get a new phone than make your old one last longer).  but not sure yet.  it would be sweet though if 6.1 was running on a qnx base.. guess we'll see with time.

Thanks for the reply Kevin,

I hoping that there might be more to this, it makes logical sense to use the QNX kernel and then a seamless progression to full QNX,

Same here... I will be up for an upgrade around Q3... PLEASE LET THE MONACO BE ALL THAT IT IS CLAIMING!!!

Hope so!

re your thought about the GSM variants having 512mb instead of 768 because CDMA requires more memory. Do you think they'll tamp down the CPU's as well on the GSM? I guess not if the Torch is listed at 1.2ghz

yep.. that torch spec gives hope that they wont be... really want to seek the dakota spec on cpu speed. you'd think it should be the same as torch... but dont get why that didnt leak out then either at the same time... 

You guys heading to MWC? You need to track down some high level RIM guys and force the info out of them :)

WOAH!! I seen a lot blackberry(s) in these post that makes me goes "really" crazy which means that I'm hoping to get my hands on one of those (either bold touch, torch2, or curve touch) since I'm a crazy touchscreen guy and thats why (currently) I'm picking myself an android device which offer a great responsive touchscreen!!

there's another bb not on the this listing called the artemis and the malibu gsm version is called the orlando....dont ask how i kno *wink wink*

Q3 for a new Bold? July? That needs to happy way sooner. I've been waiting for a new Bold for a long time, as many of us have been. I'm using a Torch now, but will sell it in a heartbeat for the new Bold.

These are great looking devices. I'm glad that Blackberry isn't caving to the pressure of young buyers and trying to make gaming devices with giant touch screens and laptop-like specs.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the thing that will continue to hurt RIM are carrier exclusive devices.

CDMA users want a Torch
GSM users wanted a Storm

Are they going to make the same mistake again with these new devices??

I really hope not. Release the Bold Touch and make sure there is a version that works on AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint. You'll have the most sales that way. Sticking with one carrier is just stupid and (sorry to say) RIM doesn't have enough brand power that people are willing to switch carriers to get a device.

You hit that one out of the park some times its not good to be one carrier let everyone have a chance to buy what they wrought to buy

You can get the Storm on AT&T. It's a world phone. It has a CDMA and a GSM radio. Buy it, unlock it, enjoy it on any carrier. End of story. But for GSM or CDMA only devices I have to agree with you. It would've been nice to have a Torch on Verizon to hold me over until Monaco. My original Storm is still going strong, but 128MB is killing me.

Radio:

Montana / CDMA: 800/1900 MHz EvDO Rev A with Receive Diversity (PCS Only); Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; Dual Band UMTS (HSPA 7.2/5.76) 900/2100MHz

That tells me it'll be a "world" phone like the 9650, which suggests it'll most likely come to Sprint and/or Verizon. Good news.

I know that it is just a drawing but for some reason the Storm Series successor just doesn't look at cool as Full Touch Screen Curve. Hopefully its final form has some cool lines to it. Although I am still up in the air. I am in the minority as to the success I have had with my Storm I but if I go playbook the Touch Screen Bold might be up my ally.

I agree with you. Not sure I'll need or want a touchscreen phone with a PB in tow. Will be difficult to wait for a new phone though. All of these are enticing.

WOW! I am going to have a tough decision for my Storm2 upgrade between the Monaco and the Montana. I think I would give up the bigger screen for a physical keyboard at this point but it will be a tough decision.

Put me down as a soft verbal commitment to the Montana.

I am in the same boat as you...

I have enjoyed my Storm 2 and am eagerly looking forward to an upgrade. My thought is I will probably go with a Montana since I will have a playbook when I require a larger screen, but it will probably come down to a last minute decision.

This is a tough one!

Currently using a Droid X, but with a better browser and *fingers crossed* no more truncated emails, I'll jump on the Bold Touch bandwagon when I'm due for an upgrade in July!!

That is assuming, of course, that it's coming to Verizon...

i'm looking forward to monza/monaco, i hope it doesn't carry the storm name as no carrier in the U.K will carry it (due to poor sales), t-mobile have said no either way

Does it look like they're phasing out the side convenience keys? Looks like all the new devices either have just one or none. Two is best IMO, but think we need at least one. Maybe it's just the pictures.

Maybe the "Favorites" tab in OS 6.1 is meant to replace the convenience key? Although, I'm a big fan of the left key. Quicklaunch will never be the same...

I don't care about alot of these designs...all I want is to be able to watch Netflix, Hulu and ESPN on my Torch. More speed is good and I"m sure I'll enjoy it once I have it but for now I"m more concerned with applications and uses.

Damn. I just bought my new Curve 3G in like two weeks and a Bold 9780 for work (Curve for personal life). DAMN!

I have to say, as a long time BB user... I'm more than a little disappointed at this "more of the same" 2011 road map. The faster processors are nice, but other than that I don't see anything even remotely groundbreaking here, and as far as I could tell, no 4G devices?

I've been using blackberry since the 8800, and I'm sad to possibly be jumping ship, but without even a mention of a potential Torch CDMA/LTE version for Verizon, I feel like that's just what I might do.

Lack of "4G" should not be a deal breaker for you, and I use quotations because I think it's criminal for U.S. carriers to call their new networks that.... But that's a different argument.

The GSM versions of these phones will be capable of running on Canada's 3G+ systems (of 4G if you're American).

I'm a little confused as to why you're disappointed with this lineup. They virtually have a product for everybody. Touch screen, touch screen/keyboard, regular keyboard, slider keyboard. What else is there that they could possibly offer?

Ground breaking is, no EARTH SHATTERING is that BB will now allow full use of available memory for app installation as opposed to just media. That is HUUUGE!

Ground breaking is the use of current generation hardware and RAM on a BB, as oppossed to being 1-2 generations back.

Mildly ground breaking is NFC, and Magnometer.

There are some sexy phones here. And the new touch Bold is a beast.

All of this is just fine but, a little late. Its as though BLACKBERRY doesn't mind being late to the party. I've been part of the BLACKBERRY family for approx. 5 years and its been 5 years of being in second or third place. Its time to move into FIRST place. I don't know how much longer I can remain behind considering what awaits on the "other side" of TECHNOLOGY!

You should go. I don't think this will change and you obviously value flash over communication. Blackberry are communication devices and I don't think that will change until maybe QNX. Even then, I wouldn't expect blackberries to jump to the lead in the attributes you value.

Other phones can always go for more speed and more screen display size etc. because the people that consume them don't really care if they have to plug their phones in two or three times a day.

Grass is always greener on the other side... Your argument is only valid if you're comparing numbers. When you start comparing actual capabilities, your argument fails. I honestly believe the only thing Android does better is browsing. I could care less about everything else. But to each, his own. Don't mean to discount your opinion.

As exciting as it is to read about new BlackBerry devices I don't think I'll be ready to part with my 9700 anytime soon :(

Anyone know of any plans for a non touch screen dakota? I feel like that will make the price jump and I don really need that. Either way looking forward to picking one of these up at my upgrade.

I still don't understand why BB doesn't improve their screen resolution, VGA, really? Also, a BB that has the high speed push to talk on the Sprint network would be a game changer. No, not on Nextel, but Sprint. There currently are only a couple of Sprint phones that have the high speed push to talk. Need to add a BB.

While you could make the argument that the resolution should be higher than that on the Torch 2, that resolution actually results in a pretty high dpi for the Bold Touches and there is nothing wrong with that model being VGA and the Storm 3 isn't VGA either.

This roadmap seems like a bit of a pain for developers, like the goal is to end up with every possible combination of different display shapes, resolutions, touch and/or trackpad, keyboard or none, click-touch or touch-touch, 3D or no-3D... the less uniform the platform, the more difficult it is to develop apps. Not that any of us are going to stop, but it will slow us down and cause some issues.

It wouldn't surprise me if these new curve models are the last from Rim to not include a touchscreen so then you will just have full touch or touch with a physical keyboard so not so complicated after all and don't forget that click-touch seems dead now and that the trackpad seems to be consistent across all the products now even the full touch models.

Could Torch 1 or Bold 9780 have hotspot wifi capabilities when they will upgrade to 6.1 (likely "Lite" version) ? Don't know if it is a software (as for the iphone) or a hardware issue ?
And do you think that the new devices could upgrade to QNX in 2012 ?
Very confused bcoz of all this.. Don't know if I have to buy one now and another one in 2012 for QNX or wait some months...

I wanna drown myself in a pool of Blackberries !!! :P
Looking amazing, the future looks VERY promising !! :D

I could go for a Dakota if the keyboard is nothing like the 9780 (on my third phone going on to a 4th one)! The 9780 kbd is really cheap and junky - stutter, keys popping off - reminds me of the cheapness of Nokia units... dunno if it's just bad luck with this thing, but I'm fed up with the 9780!!

Some complain about lack of flash in the forthcoming line-up - couldn't be bothered. Use the device as a business phone, so flash is not essential and would just chew up processing power. Get a 'droid.

Looks like a nice line-up, but I will wait even when they come out to make sure there aren't any hardware issues with these things.

Will the Dakota/Monaco have Flash as previously mentioned? I hope the 768MB RAM stays as is! I would hate to see that drop to the usual 500 something MB RAM!!

At the moment I have a Torch 9800, so far my first Blackberry ever and am just loving it.

I have a website and through my Blackberry I post and keep everything up to date. As of if a Torch 2 comes out I would definitely line up to test it as well.

I'm LMAO and SMH at the same time:

RIM's newest product line should be:

THE BLACKBERRY FAIL
THE BLACKBERRY BEHIND
THE BLACKBERRY DOOMED

I like those names, because they pretty much describe RIM's product line. RIM is releasing all these "advanced" products that are so 2009. LMAO GTFO with this garbage RIM!

+ 1

I'm extremely disappointed at the fact that there is no video phone possibility with these phones AND the screen size. Touch screen that's about 2.8 inches? EPIC FAIL. I wanted a BB phone with a touchscreen that's close to 4 inches and has rear/front cameras at the very least for videophone talk.

This BB 9300 is my last BB phone. I'm jumping to an Android phone...maybe the Thunderbolt or something better when my contracts up in three months.

Kevin, the radio has nothing to do with the memory required. It doesn't matter if you're using CDMA EVDO, GSM EDGE, or HSPA. Certainly, it seems RIM is being stingy with the RAM; however, perhaps 6.1 will now allow us to install apps to internal flash and use RAM memory for what it was intended for: running apps not storing them! Somehow, though, I think we'll have to wait for OS 7 to get that feature. Hope not!

OOOOOH, I sure hope T-Mobile gets some of that BlackBerry love too! The Monza would be great for starters! I'll wait as I hold on to my BlackBerry 9700 to see what comes up in the future! :)

Ditching the Storm name is admitting defeat -- that the Storm was a disaster. It wasn't. Sure it didn't live up to its potential, but the name deserves a chance. I love the Storm name. It's a sick name for a powerful and leading edge smartphone! I REALLY hope RIM sticks with it. It will surely turn heads.

I can see the WSJ headlines: BLACKBERRY KICKS UP A NEW STORM!!!

The Storm name is just so awesome as it conjures up unbelievable power and might! I hope RIM delivers.

This is very interesting :
"Sedona / CDMA: Qualcomm MSM 8655 800GHz CPU"
This blackberry is going to be in the top 500 most powerfull computer in the world !

Availability. The big question no one seems to ask. Sure, they'll "announce" the new 6.1 phones May 3, but what about actually releasing them. They "announced" the Playbook way back in September 2010 and it's still not in stores. Are we going to have to wait another several months to actually buy one of the "announced" phones. They're pushing a YEAR between new phones, and they're solely a phone company. All talk, no products!!