BlackBerry Montana and Monaco Coming to Sprint Before Q2 End?

Stash this one under rumours barring any hard evidence, but I’ve heard from three separate sources that Sprint is launching the BlackBerry Bold Touch code-named “Montana” and the Storm code-named “Monaco” before the end of the second quarter (i.e. end of August). Though the sources didn’t name the devices specifically, they referenced a flagship touchscreen/QWERTY hybrid and a high-res touchscreen device coming from RIM. I’m pretty sure we all know what they were talking about there.

A launch prior to Q2 would be earlier than what was anticipated in the CDMA BlackBerry roadmap leak last week, which would certainly be good news for BlackBerry loyalists looking for NFC capabilities and augmented reality apps. The Bold Touch will supposedly have a 1.2 GHz processor, 768 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage (plus microSD), 2.8-inch VGA display, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n with mobile hotspot, GPS, and 3G. The Monaco is nearly identical on all fronts, except it has a much larger 3.7-inch 800 x 480 WVGA display, and less internal memory (4 GB).

The sources didn’t say anything about WiMAX/4G aside from the impending PlayBook tablet, but I’ve got my fingers crossed.

  • DC

    Wouldn’t the end of the second quarter be sometime around the end of June, not August? Or does the first quarter begin in April or something like that? From an upgrade standpoint, I’d be a happier with June!

    • Jake

      The fiscal year begins April 1

      • Kay

        RIM’s fiscal year begins March 1. Sprint’s is January 1. Looks like this is in sync with the RIM fiscal year, which would have Q2 ending in August.

    • I was going with RIM’s Q2 dates since these are RIM slides, but if you’re going by Sprint’s dates, you’re right, it would be end of June.

  • End of August?? Jeez… so far away….

  • End of August?? Jeez… so far away….

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