August 03, 2011, 2:47 PM — BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) this morning took the wraps off of three brand new BlackBerry smartphones, which, along with the upcoming Bold 9900/9930 devices, make up the bulk of the Canadian company's upcoming 2011 smartphone portfolio.
These five new BlackBerry handhelds, the Bold 9900, Bold 9930, Torch 9810, Torch 9850 and Torch 9860, certainly don't come as a surprise; in fact, I wrote a post detailing all of these devices back in April. But they're official now, and each of them is notable for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that they're the first smartphones to run RIM's brand new mobile OS, BlackBerry 7--formerly referred to as BlackBerry 6.1.
Here's a quick breakdown of the newly unveiled devices, followed by the five most notable facts and features about RIM's upcoming smartphones. (For my hands-on first impressions of the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, check out my related post from RIM's 2011 BlackBerry World conference.)
BlackBerry Torch 9810 Smartphone
The BlackBerry Torch 9810 looks just like its big brother, the Torch 9800, except for a few minor aesthetic changes, including a new silver-ish paint job and battery cover.
RIM says the device is "faster and more fluid" than the original Torch. That's most likely a result of a significantly faster processor and more RAM. (The Torch 9800 packed a 624GHz processor, and the new Torch 9810 is expected to feature a 1.2 GHz processor.) The Torch 9810 should also feature 768MB of RAM, compared to the 9800's 512MB, and double the original Torch's built-in storage with 8GB. Both devices also support microSD cards up to 32GB.
Visit RIM's website for more information and a detailed technical specifications list.
BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 Smartphones