BlackBerry Torch 2 heads up RIM's new range

One BlackBerry leak would be big news, but three BlackBerry models have appeared online for the first time in the last 24 hours, headed up by the BlackBerry Torch 2. The other models spotted being the BlackBerry Curve Apollo and the BlackBerry Dakota.

According to TechRadar, the new Torch 2 has a very familiar look, so if you liked the original, this one is likely to tick the boxes too.

Under the bonnet, you'll find a 1.2GHz processor, double the power of the original BlackBerry Torch, 512MB of RAM, Bluetooth 2.1 and BlackBerry OS6.1. There's also a gamer-friendly accelerometer and a magnetometer, should you life be lacking direction. Don't expect it anytime soon though, the third quarter of 2011 is being floated for the US and probably the UK too.

Not keen on the Torch 2? Maybe you can be tempted in by a new Curve handset, currently going by the name of Apollo. Again, the look is likely to be very familiar to BlackBerry watchers, with this model likely to replace the Curve 8520.

When it does land, it will come armed with a 480x360 HGVA screen, a five megapixel camera with flash, NFC communications technology, tri-band HSPA connectivity, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. All of that in a handset just 11mm thick apparently. No news on a launch for this as yet.

Finally, to complete oue trio of leaks from BlackBerry HQ, comes the BlackBerry Dakota. It's probably the most interesting of the bunch. On the face of it, this is just another QWERTY-clad smartphone. However, the screen above is actually a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen. Yes, something like a Bold with a touchscreen. Sounds like a winner to us.

Features aren't bad either, which include HD video recording using the 5-megapixel camera, NFC technology, 3G mobile hotspot technology and BlackBerry OS 6.1 for the operating system. Like the Torch 2, there's also an accelerometer and magnetometer.

Again, no release date, but you never know - the latter two just might make an appearance at the forthcoming MWC.

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