The BlackBerry leaks keep on coming, with the latest to break cover being the BlackBerry Torch 2. An update to the original slider, the Torch 2 looks ostensibly the same from the outside, says BGR, but on the inside there's a higher-resolution 640 x 480 display and a speedy 1.2GHz processor running BlackBerry OS 6.1.
RIM's 2011 smartphone range just refuses to stay under wraps until the Canadian company officially outs them, and after last week's BlackBerry Touch (Monaco/Monza) leak, it's the turn of the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 to get fondled. BGR's sources came through with a unit, which is said to be just as solid as you'd hope from a BlackBerry QWERTY device, with the added benefit of a "very responsive" touchscreen.
We've been gradually building a picture of the Nokia E6-00 over the past few months, but the unannounced Symbian smartphone has just seen its biggest leak to-date. A prototype has apparently found its way to the NokioTeca forums and been thoroughly snapped, tested and detailed. On the confirmed list, a VGA resolution capacitive touchscreen, paired with a physical keyboard, and an 8-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording.
Alltel has become the first carrier to publicly commit to the HTC Merge, promising pre-orders for the QWERTY smartphone will kick off from March 28. The Android 2.2 Froyo device has a 3.8-inch display and is a World Phone, meaning it has both CDMA and GSM radios for use on Alltel and when roaming abroad.
T-Mobile's Sidekick 4G is finally official - pricing for the Android-based messaging smartphone crossed the wire this morning - and over at our 'droid-obsessed sibling site Android Community they've been putting the QWERTY handset through its paces. In a suitably huge hands-on preview, the Sidekick 4G gives up its software and hardware secrets.
T-Mobile's CTIA 2011 smartphone gush continues, with official pricing for the Sidekick 4G. The incoming Android-based messaging phone will be priced at $99.99 (with a $50 mail-in rebate) when it lands later in the year, assuming you're content to sign up to a two-year unlimited data package.
Another of the leaked renderings today from Chinese website xda.cn purported to be upcoming HTC devices, is one called the HTC Prime. Very similar in appearance to the HTC Ignite, this handset will also be running the Windows Phone 7 OS, but will feature a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Nokia's E6-00 smartphone has leaked, the apparent successor to the Nokia E72. The QWERTY device runs Symbian^3, but unlike its predecessors has a touchscreen display for easier use. It will also run the updated version of Symbian, complete with four homescreens - rather than the three panes we've seen on the N8, C7 and E7 - and more flexible widgets.
Otherwise we're expecting a 640 x 480 screen - higher than Nokia's usual nHD 640 x 360 panels - together with WCDMA/HSPA and WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.0, and GSM/GPRS/EDGE. There's also talk of an 8-megapixel autofocus camera complete with an LED flash, but we're yet to see the rear of the E6-00 to know for sure.
Dell's much-anticipated Venue Pro has finally gone on sale in the UK, with the official Dell store offering the Windows Phone 7 handset for £459 ($745) unlocked and including tax. Delayed because of a firmware issue spotted last month, the Venue Pro is the first portrait-orientation QWERTY slider to run Windows Phone.
HTC has announced a pair of Facebook phones at MWC 2011, two affordable Android devices with a focus on social networking. The first of the pair is the HTC ChaCha, a physical QWERTY handset paired with a 2.6-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, followed by the HTC Salsa, an all-touch version with a 3.4-inch touchscreen. Both the ChaCha and Salsa have a dedicated Facebook button, hard-coded to instantly share content like photos, music links or Facebook Places location links.