A leaked BlackBerry roadmap has paved the way for a spate of new smartphones, including the first ever keyboardless Curve, incoming from Research In Motion.
Although touchscreen-only smarties aren’t new to BlackBerry, with the BlackBerry Storm previously taking that honour, the Curve has always been BlackBerry go-to brand for messaging-optimised QWERTY keyboards. That is no longer the case with the Curve Touch.
Alas, with a spec sheet that includes a 3.25-inch panel and a Qualcomm MSM 8655 800MHz processor, it is not quite the ‘super phone’ we’d been hoping for. But it should more than get the job done for social networking types, and the five-megapixel camera should keep Fanberrys snapping with a smile as wide as a sea lion.
What’s new however, is the inclusion of Near Field Communications (NFC), the same tech that’s on the Google Nexus S and being touted to feature on the iPhone 5. So it seems that a future with contactless payments is ready to take off after all. Better yet, it will run on the latest BlackBerry OS, version 6.1.
Unfortunately there’s no mention of a GSM Curve Touch, for now anyway. But with the Mobile World Congress just around the corner, we can look forward some European announcements soon.