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RIM Announces BlackBerry Torch 9810, 9850, & 9860 BlackBerry 7 Devices

BlackBerry 7 Lineup

The day has finally come for RIM to acknowledge three more of their upcoming BlackBerry 7 devices. First we had the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 and now we have the vanguard BlackBerry Torch 9810 alongside the BlackBerry Torch 9850 & 9860. The only weak part about the announcement is that there is no hard availability dates with RIM saying:

The next generation of BlackBerry smartphones will begin to be available from carriers around the world starting later this month. Availability dates for specific devices from specific carriers will be announced in conjunction with RIM’s partners.

Check out the full press release below:


Research In Motion Introduces New BlackBerry 7 Smartphones

Largest Global Launch of BlackBerry Smartphones Ever With More Than 225 Partners Around the World

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, Aug 03, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Editors Note: Photos for this release will be available on the Canadian Press picture wire and AP PhotoExpress.

Research In Motion (RIM) today announced plans to launch 5 new BlackBerry(R) smartphones based on the BlackBerry(R) 7 Operating System (OS). RIM, in conjunction with carriers and distribution partners around the world, is rolling out two new BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM) models and three new BlackBerry(R) Torch(TM) models, all running the powerful new BlackBerry(R) 7 OS.

The launch of this family of handsets will be RIM’s largest global launch ever and more than 225 carriers and distribution partners have already commenced or completed over 500 certification programs for these 5 new handsets.

Featuring RIM’s next generation of hardware and software platforms, these five new BlackBerry 7 based smartphones offer users a variety of designs to choose from and deliver the ultimate in communications, multimedia and productivity.

The new BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM) 9900 and 9930 are RIM’s thinnest smartphones ever, each offering a large keyboard and brilliant touch display. The new BlackBerry(R) Torch(TM) 9810 smartphone builds on the popularity of the BlackBerry(R) Torch(TM) 9800 and combines a large touch display with a convenient slide-out keyboard. The BlackBerry(R) Torch(TM) 9850 and 9860 introduce an all-new, all-touch design featuring the largest display on a BlackBerry(R) smartphone to date.

"This is the largest global launch of BlackBerry smartphones in our history," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO of Research In Motion. "The BlackBerry solution offers a best-in-class mobile communications experience that customers love and we think they will be thrilled by the faster performance, enhanced browsing and richer multimedia delivered by these powerful new BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Torch smartphones."

Next-Generation BlackBerry 7 OS

BlackBerry 7 introduces a next generation BlackBerry browser with a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience that is among the best in the industry. Combining the dramatically improved performance of the advanced WebKit browser engine together with the powerful hardware enhancements found in the BlackBerry 7 based smartphones delivers browsing results that are up to 40% faster than BlackBerry(R) 6 based smartphones and up to 100% faster than BlackBerry(R) 5 based smartphones(i). Additional enhancements to this next generation BlackBerry browser have also optimized zooming and panning for smoother web navigation and optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences.

RIM’s new BlackBerry 7 based smartphones also feature Liquid Graphics(TM) technology, with each smartphone combining a dedicated high-performance graphics processor with a blazingly fast CPU and stunning high resolution display to deliver a highly responsive touch interface with incredibly fast and smooth graphics.

In addition, BlackBerry 7 based smartphones continue the tradition of delivering the world’s best mobile communications experience with a highly refined and integrated suite of phone, email, messaging and social apps to keep users connected and productive throughout the day. Recent enhancements include the newest release of BBM(TM) (BlackBerry(R) Messenger) which now extends the real time BBM experience to a range of other apps (see separate announcement on July 28, 2011). The updated Social Feeds (2.0) app has been extended to capture updates from media, podcasts, and favorites all in one consolidated view. The new Facebook(R) for BlackBerry smartphones (2.0) app introduces features like Facebook chat and BBM integration that makes it easier for users to connect with their Facebook friends in real time.

BlackBerry 7 OS also includes a number of other pre-loaded applications and integrated functionality for increased productivity and collaboration right out of the box. The Premium version of Documents To Go is now included free of charge, offering users powerful document editing features as well as a native PDF document viewer. BlackBerry(R) Protect is also pre-loaded(ii), offering customers the peace of mind that personal data can be backed up and secured in the cloud. BlackBerry(R) Balance (announced May 2, 2011) is now integrated in BlackBerry 7, allowing users to enjoy the full BlackBerry smartphone experience for both work and personal purposes without compromising the IT department’s need for advanced security and IT controls. And further, the popular universal search capability has been enhanced with support for voice-activated search, so users can now simply speak to begin searching their device and the web for information.

A New Performance Driven Platform

RIM’s line up of next generation BlackBerry smartphones are built on a new performance driven platform powered by the latest BlackBerry software and hardware. In addition to supporting the new BlackBerry 7 OS, each smartphone also features a range of powerful hardware enhancements including a 1.2 GHz processor, HD video recording, 24-bit high resolution graphics, and advanced sensors enabling new augmented reality applications such as Wikitude that can be seamlessly integrated with BBM 6 – all designed to deliver the ultimate in communications, multimedia and productivity for users around the world.

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.

Availability

The next generation of BlackBerry smartphones will begin to be available from carriers around the world starting later this month. Availability dates for specific devices from specific carriers will be announced in conjunction with RIM’s partners.

Additional Information

For additional information please visit www.blackberry.com

Note to Editors:

For devices images and more details, visit the BlackBerry 7 Virtual Press Room at: www.rim.com/newsroom/blackberry7

(i) Requires BlackBerry 7 OS. Testing was performed by RIM in July 2011 and measured average page load speeds using pre-release BlackBerry 7 software.

(ii) BlackBerry Protect will be pre-loaded where available. Check with your local operator for availability.

10 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Sorry Ronen, but I was trying to BBM you to get the story out! :) Wake up! Wake up! There’s great news to report!

    As big as the PlayBook’s announcement was, this is even bigger as there as every BlackBerry user is waiting to get their hands on these new smartphones.

    I’m still hoping for the BR’s twist on the announcements :)

  2. Question: The 7 devices that were promised this year, does that represent 5 of them? Can you guys confirm?

    • Its hard to say. They seem to be counting the 9850 and 9860 as teo devices…. Only time will tell …

    • Oh my god…. How did RIM keep all these new devices so secret all this time!!!!!!!!

      Wait…. These are the same devices we knew everything about and have been drooling over for months!!!

      Exciting nonetheless

  3. 9900,Oh my god. I am come form China

  4. 9900,Oh my god. I am come form China.

  5. The full-touch Torch 9850 looks pretty sweet. Its just a shame that the slider Torch 9810 is less improved, and that I hate touchscreen keyboards. So its still likely to be the Bold 9900 for me.

    (And yes, there’s a good chance I’ll show up at my local T-Mobile store at opening-time when they finally start selling them. Did the same with my 9700, and really itching for an upgrade.)

  6. I love seeing the word “finally” now so finally we will get a release date or when it should be expected.

    To me for the device to get announced was the big issue and with the 9900 coming out soon and its in the OS 7 line, the others shouldn’t be too far behind.

  7. Finally! :)

  8. Sad day for me. My Torch is now officially outdated.

    I think BerryReview has asked this question before: What do they plan to do when they run out of 4-digit numbers?

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