BlackBerry 7-based Bold, Torches hands-on

BlackBerry 7-based Bold, Torches hands-on

Summary: RIM has shown off new handsets based on the BlackBerry 7 OS, including the hybrid Bold 9900 with touchscreen and Qwerty keyboard, and Torches with a slider and a full touchscreen

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  • RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900, Torch 9850 and Torch 9810

    Research In Motion has added five BlackBerry 7 OS-powered models to its Bold and Torch line-up, including a touchscreen-only version of the Torch.

    Only three of the handsets unveiled on Wednesday — the Bold 9900, Torch 9850 and Torch 9810 — are new models for the UK market (pictured). The Bold 9930 and Torch 9860 are headed for the US.

    Each of the devices runs the new BlackBerry 7 operating system, which brings near-field communication (NFC) support, updated Blackberry Messenger (BBM) and Social Feeds options, and speed improvements to the WebKit-based browser.

    "NFC will allow the BlackBerry community to make contactless mobile payments, read tags on smart posters, or easily and simply — with accessories — access buildings securely," Rob Orr, product manager for BlackBerry in EMEA, said at a launch event in London.

    The Torch 9850 has a full touchscreen, while the Torch 9810 has a sliding Qwerty keyboard. The Bold 9900 was first shown off at RIM's BlackBerry World event in May.

    Photo Credit: Ben Woods

  • BlackBerry Torch 9850 and Bold 9900

    All of the devices, including the top-of-the-range Bold 9900 (above right, next to the Torch 9850) include a 1.2GHz processor, high-definition video capture and 24-bit high-resolution graphics.

    The 9900 comes with NFC support out of the box, a five-megapixel camera, and memory card support up to 32GB.

    RIM also announced a version of the 9900, the 9930, for the US market. The company did not say which handsets would go on sale first or how much they will cost.

    "The next generation of BlackBerry smartphones will be available from carriers around the world starting later this month," a company spokesman said. In the UK, Vodafone, Three and O2 are lined up to sell the Bold 9900.

    Photo Credit: Ben Woods

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