An internal document from within Research in Motion (RIM), has revealed details about the as yet unannounced BlackBerry Curve Touch smartphone.
In among various pieces of information relating to future RIM handsets, it was discovered that a smartphone codenamed the Malibu is an all-new touchscreen device that is likely to ship later in the year.
In terms of specs, it has a healthy 800MHz processor, a 3.25 inch touchscreen display and a five megapixel camera on the rear, with HD video capture thrown in for good measure.
Unlike most BlackBerry handsets of the past, it will do away with the messaging-friendly full QWERTY keypad but it will retain the optical trackpad, which recent models have featured, according to the documents acquired by Crackberry.
Jumping on the Google bandwagon, the BlackBerry Curve Touch will allegedly sport Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for contactless payments. This sounds new at the moment but it is thought that the device will not be available until the closing weeks of 2011, by which point the iPhone 5 will probably have brought this to mainstream attention.
RIM is apparently going to put the emphasis on augmented reality features when this mobile arrives, using an operating system known as BlackBerry 6 evolution, about which little is known.