The handset features a 3.2" display with 360x480 pixels, an 800MHz processor and a 5MP camera with flash and 720p HD video recording. Of course, onboard are BBM and all the usual BlackBerry software security features, that have made RIM's devices a favorite for enterprises and government agencies.
Asked about the ho-hum screen resolution, Carlo Chiarello, RIM's SVP of Handheld Product Management noted that it introduces some "tiering" among devices with the BlackBerry 7 OS, and has to do with tradeoffs between resolution and LCD quality.
The BlackBerry Curve 9830 will be hitting select carriers in the coming weeks, but it was not announced which exactly at this point, or how much it would cost.
Research In Motion Expands BlackBerry 7 Portfolio with the New BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 Smartphones
Jakarta, Indonesia and Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:
RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced two new smartphones based on the
BlackBerry® 7 operating system (OS) – the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9790 and
BlackBerry® Curve™ 9380.
Both smartphones offer enhanced communications, multimedia, productivity and social connectivity features together with slim and stylish designs. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 features an iconic design that seamlessly integrates a highly tactile keyboard, optical trackpad and high resolution touch display. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first-ever BlackBerry® Curve™ smartphone with an all-touch display.
"We are very excited to expand the BlackBerry 7 portfolio with the new
BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380,” said Carlo Chiarello,
Senior Vice President, Handheld Product Management at Research In
Motion. “BlackBerry smartphones offer a uniquely refined mobile
communications experience that people love and we think many customers
will be thrilled by the faster performance, beautiful touch displays and
sleek designs available with these new BlackBerry 7 based models.”
BlackBerry Bold 9790 Smartphone with Touch Display and Keyboard
Built with premium materials and finishes, the BlackBerry Bold 9790
smartphone combines a highly tactile keyboard with a high-resolution and
highly responsive touch display and a precise optical trackpad, all in a
narrow design that is easy to carry and very comfortable to hold. With
the BlackBerry 7 OS and a powerful 1GHz processor, the BlackBerry Bold
9790 delivers fast, smooth performance for web browsing, working with
documents, and enjoying multimedia. It includes 8GB of onboard memory
and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB of
All-Touch BlackBerry Curve 9380 Smartphone
The finely crafted BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first all-touch
smartphone in the BlackBerry Curve family. It features a highly
responsive and brilliant 3.2” high resolution display and comes with
preinstalled social networking apps, including BBM™ (BlackBerry®
Messenger), Facebook®, Twitter™ and Social Feeds apps, that offer a
smoothly integrated mobile experience. It also has a 5MP camera with
flash and video recording allowing users to easily capture and share
their favorite moments with their family, friends and colleagues.
Powerful BlackBerry 7 OS
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 are both powered
by the new BlackBerry 7 OS, which delivers a faster and richer user
experience with improved browsing, voice-activated searches, and support
for Augmented Reality and NFC (Near Field Communications). It also
includes the ability to manage personal content separately from
corporate content, and comes with a variety of personal and productivity
apps out of the box.
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones
include built-in support for Augmented Reality and NFC, allowing users
to connect with the world around them in fresh new ways. With the
Wikitude Augmented Reality application, users can find nearby BBM
(BlackBerry Messenger) contacts in real-time, read reviews on
restaurants close to them, or get the story behind an interesting
landmark and points of interest. NFC also enables many new and exciting
capabilities, including the ability to make mobile payments, pair
accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the
BlackBerry 7 includes a number of preinstalled applications and
integrated functionality for increasing productivity and easy sharing
and collaboration right out of the box. The Premium version of Documents
To Go is included free of charge, offering users powerful document
editing features as well as a native PDF document viewer. BlackBerry®
Protect is pre-loaded*, offering customers the peace of mind that
personal data can be backed up and secured in the cloud. BlackBerry®
Balance is 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. The Social Feeds (2.0) app has been extended to capture
updates from media and favorites all in one consolidated view. The
Facebook 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.
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones will
begin to be available from various carriers around the world over the
coming weeks. Availability dates for specific devices from specific
carriers will be announced in conjunction with RIM’s partners.
* BlackBerry Protect will be pre-loaded where available. Check with your local operator for availability.
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
source: RIM & CNETAsia