RIM announces BlackBerry 7 OS-based handsets: Bold 9900, Torch 9810 and 9860
By Pawel Piejko
August 4, 2011
Research In Motion has announced three new smartphones that utilize its updated operating system, BlackBerry 7 OS. The BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 (UMTS/CDMA), the BlackBerry Torch 9810 and Torch 9860/9850 (UMTS/CDMA) all come with touchscreen-based input, and are equal in terms of their Qualcomm 8655 Snapdragon 1.2GHz CPU, 768 MB RAM and NFC support.
All the new arrivals also feature Liquid Graphics technology utilizing a dedicated GPU; HD recording capability (720p); 802.11 b/g/n support; microSD card slot; GPS with BlackBerry Maps; BlackBerry Balance feature; and voice-activated search. BlackBerry Messenger 6, the premium version of Documents To Go, updated Social Feeds and Facebook (with Facebook chat) come pre-installed. The new BlackBerry 7 OS is said to deliver 40 percent faster web browsing than BlackBerry 6, featuring an improved WebKit browser engine with "optimized zooming and panning" and HTML5 support.
BlackBerry Torch 9810
Previously known as the Torch 2, the Torch 9810 features a 3.2-inch 480 x 640 pixel TFT LCD touchscreen, with a slide-down QWERTY keyboard. The handset is equipped with a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with an LED flash and 8GB of internal memory. It's significantly bulkier than other BlackBerry arrivals at 14.5 mm (0.57 in) thick and weighing 161 grams (5.61 oz), which is in fact similar to its predecessor, the Torch 9800.
BlackBerry Torch 9860 / 9850 (UMTS/CDMA)
The Torch 9860/9850 is an all-touchscreen smartphone featuring a 3.7-inch 480 x 800 pixel TFT LCD display, which is billed as the largest display on a BlackBerry smartphone. It comes with a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a flash, as well as 4GB of internal memory. Its dimensions are 120 x 62 x 11.5 mm (4.72 x 2.44 x 0.45 in), and it weighs in at 135 grams (4.76 oz).
BlackBery Bold 9900 / 9930 (UMTS/CDMA)
As previously reported by Gizmag, the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, is billed as "the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet" at 10.5 mm (0.41 in). Weighing 130 grams (4.58 oz), the smartphone comes with a stainless steel frame and full QWERTY keyboard located under a 2.8-inch 640 x 480 pixel TFT LCD touchscreen. Its 5 megapixel autofocus camera is equipped with a flash, and the device comes with 8GB of internal storage.
The new BlackBerry smartphones should begin to be available around the world starting later this month, with specific dates and pricing to be announced by carriers.