Early BlackBerry Touch 9860 Preview

15 Jun 2011
BlackBerry Torch 9860

The BlackBerry Touch 9860, otherwise known as the 'Monaco/Monza', is rumoured to be the fully-touchscreen follow-up to the BlackBerry Storm 2.

The Touch 9860 will have the highest-resolution screen in a BlackBerry today according to the early specs, which'll measure in at 3.7-inches with a 840 x 480 WVGA resolution. This'll be coupled with RIM's traditional optical trackpad, which nests in between four raised physical keys (Call, Menu, Back, End Call). It may not sport a full QWERTY keypad, but it'll still come boasting email support, Facebook and Twitter access, and RIM's much-loved IM service, otherwise known as BlackBerry Messenger.

Under the hood, the BlackBerry Touch will rock a 1.2GHz processor, coupled with the latest version of RIM's BlackBerry OS. With BB OS 7 onboard, it'll come "a fluid touch-screen experience" alongside as well as a needed-boost to the built-in browser, minor tweaks to the UI, HTML5 support and voice-activated search. There's also a new feature dubbed BlackBerry Balance, for separating business content from personal apps and features.

Media-wise, the BlackBerry Touch 9860 will purportedly arrive sporting a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, complete with 720p HD video recording. This'll be coupled with a built in media player, pre-loaded widgets, and access to the BlackBerry App World.

Other rumoured specifications include HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, Personal Hotspot functionality, NFC integration, and 4GB internal storage expandable to 32GB via microSD.

The handset's expected to land in June/July, although it's pricing and release date is still TBC.