A BlackBerry phone with the codename Dakota has been rumoured for a while, appearing on a roadmap and also leaking out with an extensive feature list at the beginning of the year. The Dakota looks very similar to the Bold, but in addition to the QWERTY keyboard, it also has a touchscreen.
These latest images of the device show an interesting addition to the Dakota, as instead of the traditional leather rear panel found on the Bold, RIM have opted for a flashy and very modern carbon fibre battery cover. Whether it’s real carbon fibre or not remains to be seen, but it certainly looks good in the pictures.
The feature list has some tiny changes in the memory department, with this Dakota running 512MB RAM and 6.5GB of Flash memory instead of the 768MB and 4GB claimed by the previous leak. Otherwise, the phone still runs BlackBerry OS 6.1 with a 2.8″ 640 x 480 touchscreen, a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash, plus it hides a digital compass, an accelerometer and NFC capabilities inside too.
With a touchscreen, keyboard and an optical trackpad, users certainly won’t be hard up for ways to control the Dakota. What do you think of the touchscreen/QWERTY combination?