August 3, 2011 7:09am
The BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 was already unveiled at BlackBerry World in May and today RIM officially announced a couple more devices, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 and the BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860. In a press release this morning RIM stated that this is the “largest global launch ever and more than 225 carriers” and these new smartphones “will begin to be available from carriers around the world starting later this month”. Over the past few weeks there has been leaked docs/confirmation from Rogers, Bell, TELUS, SaskTel, Virgin, Mobilicity and WIND. Today, I’m sure we’ll hear official availability and pricing from those who will be launching these new BlackBerry devices.
Here’s the official description from RIM, all have a 1.2Ghz processor, HD video recording, run BlackBerry 7 OS (RIM says the browser is 40% faster than BlackBerry 6 based smartphones and up to 100% faster than BlackBerry 5 based smartphones), come pre-loaded with BBM6, Social Feeds 2.0, Premium version of Documents To Go, BlackBerry Balance.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 Smartphones with Touch Display and Keyboard:
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 series is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet (at only 10.5mm) and the first to offer the perfect union of a high performance keyboard and touch display integrated within the iconic BlackBerry Bold design. The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 are also the first BlackBerry smartphones to include built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communications), a new technology that is enabling many new and exciting capabilities, including the ability to pair accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone. Distinguished by its beautiful design, amazingly effective keyboard and brilliant touch display, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 series is crafted with premium materials including a brushed stainless steel frame that puts the finishing touch on a truly outstanding smartphone.
BlackBerry Torch 9810 Smartphone with Touch Display and Slide-Out Keyboard:
Building on the popular design of the BlackBerry Torch 9800, the new BlackBerry Torch 9810 is faster and more fluid with high performance hardware features and the new BlackBerry 7 OS delivering an enhanced multimedia experience. Featuring a large 3.2”, high resolution touch display and a distinctive BlackBerry keyboard that easily slides out to allow faster typing, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 truly delivers the best of both worlds.
All-Touch BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 Smartphones:
The BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 smartphones offer the fast, fluid BlackBerry 7 experience in a stylish new all-touch design. With a spectacular new 3.7” display, the largest ever on a BlackBerry smartphone, the new all-touch BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 smartphones are optimized for displaying web pages, photos, videos, and powerful gaming experiences and still deliver the real-time communication and collaboration experience loved by millions of BlackBerry smartphone users around the world.