Blackberry Dakota Smartphone Brings Touch and Type

RIM is set to launch the Blackberry Dakota, its second handset to come with both a full keyboard and a touch screen.

As revealed exclusively by BGR, the device features the familiar Bold design but significantly improves the hardware.

The Dakota packs a 2.8-inch VGA capacitive touchscreen, 768MB RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a 3G mobile hotspot, a 5-megapixel camera with HD recording and flash, Wi-Fi, NFC, loads of sensors, Blackberry OS 6.1 and it measures in at a tiny 10.5mm thick, only one millimeter more than the iPhone 4.

BGR did not say which processor it will use, and some are suggesting its only a Bold 9000, just with more memory and Blackberry 6.1 OS.

The phone won't be available on CDMA networks - like Verizon - for the time being.

The Dakota will surpass the Torch as BlackBerry's top model; it's likely to be quite expensive - within touching distance of the iPhone 4 - possibly as much as £35 per month on a two year contract.