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Details Of Blackberry Curve Touch Leaked Online

The specifications of a new RIM Blackberry handset, known as the Curve Touch, have been published by a Blackberry blog only days before the start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

A leaked slide on Crackberry (opens in new tab) shows that the smartphone, codenamed Malibu and defined as an "accessible all-touch Blackberry", has a 3.25-inch HVGA screen and is powered by a 800MHz Qualcomm processor.

There's also a 5-megapixel sensor with HD recording capabilities - not unlike the current range of Blackberry phones currently on the market - plus 512MB RAM, 1GB onboard storage and a microSD card slot.

Blackberry traditionalists may mourn the lack of a physical QWERTY keyboard, although may be consoled to see that the optical trackpad and navigation keys are still present.

An interesting addition is the presence of Near Field Communication (NFC) connectivity, which is expected to become mainstream by the end of the year.

The phone is expected to run on Blackberry 6 Evolution OS, which the document says will include a digital compass, augmented reality, NFC, HD video and HTML 5.

The handset is expected to be launched towards the end of the year as a CDMA phone. It is not known whether a GSM model will be released at the same time.

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.