Thursday, January 13, 2011

First Details on the BlackBerry Dakota

BlackBerry DakotaBlackBerry phones were some of the very first smartphones to hit the market and they took off like a bat out of hell. However, since then the BlackBerry craze has lessened with more and more people gravitating towards Apple's iPhone or similar devices like the Droid X from Motorola or the Fascinate from Samsung. But just because BlackBerry has been knocked down does not mean that it is down for the count. The newest device being hinted at by BlackBerry could be just what the company needs to get back in the game.

I'm talking, of course, about the BlackBerry Dakota, first pictures of which have recently been released for viewing by the public. The Dakota is being touted as the master of the BlackBerry family, the one that will reign supreme over all the rest. It's true that the internet is buzzing over the first pic of the Dakota and with good reason, I might add.

While details on the device are very scarce, we do have a picture and a rough spec sheet displaying everything this device will have to offer including the original Bold styling, NFC, magnetometer, HD video recording and 3G mobile hotspot. The full spec sheet is as follows:

  • 3G mobile hotspot
  • 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, flash and image stabilization
  • MicroUSB port
  • Proximity sensor
  • NFC
  • Tri-band UMTS
  • Magnetometer
  • 4GB of built-in storage, 768MB of RAM
  • Accelerometer
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Launches with BlackBerry OS 6.1
  • WiFi b/g/n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies
  • 10.5mm thick
  • 2.8-inch VGA 640 x 480 capacitive screen

Sounds pretty good if you ask me. However, is it the touch and type BlacBerry fans have been waiting for? Does it have enough to draw customers away from the Droid X or the iPhone? We can only speculate at this point until we have more details. Keep checking back to see when we have more information including an official release date as well as an official price.

Source: BGR is news of, for and by SMBs! The Small & Medium Business Magazine!

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