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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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.