First Look At Blackberry's Essex and Rumors About the DakotaS

Forget the mockups of the Blackberry Essex, what may be a picture of the real thing has leaked along with news of Dakota, RIM's first phone with a "touchscreen in a conventional shape" and a "liquid lens."

Yeah, it's a blurry pic and it vaguely looks like the Tour (as expected), but then again we did expect the Essex to be just that: an upgraded Tour.

What we're more interested in is all the rumors floating around about the Dakota. Aside from the info about the touchscreen and "liquid lens," Electronista says that "little else is known about the Dakota other than that it would have the now-standard trackpad and work on GSM (and likely HSPA) networks." So, CDMA carriers get a little upgrade while GSM carriers might get a new toy? Typical. [Electronista]