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New BlackBerry 7 handsets on the horizon

By • Aug 9th, 2011 • Category: Mobile Phone

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RIM has announced that it will soon be releasing three new BlackBerry smartphones, namely the Bold 9900, Torch 9810 and Torch 9860.

The Bold 9900 is said to be the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone, measuring only 10.5mm thick. It will offer both a physical keyboard and a 2.8in capacitive touch display.

New BlackBerry 7 handsets on the horizon

It will also have built-in support for Near Field Communications (NFC) that enables pairing of devices by simply tapping the phone on an NFC-enabled device.

Other than that it has a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording. Meanwhile, the Torch 9810 will come with a large 3.2in touch display and slide-out keyboard for faster typing.


The other addition to the Torch series, the 9860, has an all-touch design and offers a larger 3.7in touchscreen display.

Both phones feature a 5-megapixel camera with flash and 720p HD video recording.

All three phones will run on RIM’s next generation BlackBerry 7 operating system. Enhancements include a faster BlackBerry browser that that the company claims is 40% faster than the previous version.

RIM added that the browser will be HTML 5-optimised for better gaming and video experiences on the Web, as well as better zooming and panning ability for smoother web browsing.

The BlackBerry 7 phones will come pre-loaded with a premium version of Documents To Go, which is a native PDF document viewer, and BlackBerry Protect for backing up personal data.

The phones will also have an updated Social Feeds 2.0 app and a new Facebook app with BlackBerry Messenger integration to make it easier for users to connect with friends in real time. The new BlackBerry smartphones are expected to be available locally later this month.
New touchscreen BlackBerrys being launched
TOUCHSCREENS GALORE: RIM is unveiling five new BlackBerrys with touchscreens, including the Torch 9850/9860 seen here, to compete with iPhone and Android smartphones. – Research In Motion
NEW YORK: Research In Motion Ltd unveiled five new BlackBerry phones with touchscreens, as it hopes to revive the line’s dwindling appeal in the face of competition from the iPhone and Android smartphones.

The new phones had been expected earlier this year, but were delayed. Though the company is profitable and seeing growing sales, it is increasingly seen as a has-been that missed the chance to parlay the BlackBerry’s popularity as a corporate e-mail device into mass-market dominance.

The Canadian company, which is based in Waterloo, Ontario, is updating its high-end Bold models to include touchscreens. It’s also launching two Torch models with big screens but no physical keyboards, mimicking the basic design of the iPhone.

RIM launched a keyboard-less touchscreen phone called the Storm in 2008, more than a year after the first iPhone, but the Storm’s quirky design and poor software made it a flop.

“The all-touchscreen Torch has been a while coming as a natural successor to the disappointing Storm, particularly when the smartphone market has gone touchscreen mad over the past 18 months,” said Malik Saadi, an analyst at Informa.

The phones run a new version of the BlackBerry operating system, which RIM said is much faster, particularly for web browsing.

The Bold models will be the first BlackBerrys to include so-called Near-Field Communications chips, so they can be used in place of credit cards by swiping them across properly equipped payment terminals.

Many companies, including cellphone carriers like AT&T and web companies like Google Inc are promoting the idea of using phones as digital “wallets.” – AP
source: techstar

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