RIM announces new BlackBerry Bold and Torch smartphones

first_imgToday, RIM has announced 5 new BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry 7 OS. The line-up includes the BlackBerry Bold 9990 and 9930, the BlackBerry Torch 9810, and the BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860.RIM is shipping all 5 handsets with a 1.2GHz processor and dedicated GPU, the ability to record 720p HD video with a 5-megapixel camera, and augmeneted reality capabilities built-in. All will ship with the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system which RIM boasts offers 40% faster web browsing and optimized HTML5 performance. The premium version of Documents To Go is included for free, you get BlackBerry Protect for backups, and BlackBerry Balance for use of one handset as a work and leisure phone. Finally there’s a feature referred to as Liquid Graphics which takes advantage of the CPU/GPU for smoother visuals regardless of what you are using the phones for.As for the handsets, let’s start with the Bold 9900 and 9930, which RIM is pushing as the thinnest smartphones they have ever made at 10.5mm. It ships with a 2.8-inch touchscreen coupled with the typical BlackBerry Qwerty keyboard and 8GB of on-board storage. The Bold also offers up NFC for the first time in a Blackberry phone. If you’re wondering how the two models are different it’s simply a case of the 9930 being for CDMA networks. The Torch 9810 on the other hand offers up a larger touchscreen display than the Bold at 3.2-inches, and hides the Qwerty keyboard behind a slider allowing for a smaller handset overall.Finally we have the 9850 and 9860 which drop the keyboard completely. Instead there’s a 3.7-inch display with an on-screen Qwerty keyboard instead. On-board storage drops to 4GB and RIM is clearly aiming these handsets at consumers rather than business users with a focus on the web, photos, videos, and games. As for the model differences, the 9850 is for the U.S. and the 9860 is an international version.RIM has stated that all new smartphones will be available globally soon with 225 carriers and distributors signed up to ensure you can get one wherever you are in the world.Read more at RIMlast_img read more