BlackBerry Monaco / Monza / Touch Spotted in the Wild


RIM’s next full-touchscreen slate handset has been spotted in various roadmaps, and once with dead screen, but today we get to see the BlackBerry Monaco alive and running.

According to the source, it may launch as the BlackBerry Touch, likely in an effort to get away from the Storm family and the negative stigma created by RIM’s SurePress clicking touchscreen. They also say that the new OS, 6.1, will require that you log in with BlackBerry ID in order to use it, effectively replacing the old PIN system which was tied down to each device. According to previous leaks, OS 6.1 will also include support for augmented reality apps and near-field communications for contactless payments (should the hardware be present, as in the Monaco), but it mostly looks and operates the same as what we’ve seen on the Torch and every BlackBerry since.

In terms of specs, we’re expecting that it will be 11.5 mm thick, use a 1.2 GHz processor with 768 MB of RAM, have a 3.7-inch 800 x 480, have a 5 megapixel camera with flash and 720p video recording, 4 GB of internal storage (plus microSD), Wi-Fi b/g/n with mobile hotspot, GPS, and 3G.

The BlackBerry Touch, as well as the others like the Bold Touch, Curve Touch (a smaller alternative to the Monaco here), and Torch 2 are all expected to be launched at the BlackBerry World conference in early May. We’ll be there, and will be sure to get you guys plenty of video and pictures.

[via BGR]

  • negative stigma created by SurePress? I love the clicking touchscreen of my storm2.

    • Me too, but sadly our kind is in the minority.

      • Anonymous

        The power of the media I would say Simon. At least from what I read everyone who uses sure press likes it, but media divas have deemed that not so. I don’t Blame BB for abandoning it because of the bad image it has, but is their any real justification for that?

        I’m a keyboard guy so I don’t have any skin in the game, and it’s the Bold Touch for me.

        However, put QNX in this phone and dare I say it “iPhone Killer” – na, but it would be fun to see the apple zombies sweat a little. 🙂

    • Me too, but sadly our kind is in the minority.

  • negative stigma created by SurePress? I love the clicking touchscreen of my storm2.

  • Chrisk713

    all it needs is a forward facing cam.

  • Anonymous

    The Bold Touch got leaked on saaaaweeet!! Looks like best BB ever! This one looks pretty good too if you are an all screen guy, of course then you could get an iPhone… but I’d never want to associate myself with that company.

    Apple…. the AOL of 2011!! Ring fencing the internet via apps!

  • Thepeopleschoice

    when will it be released in canada and on what network?

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