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RIM gets touchy: BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 announced

RIM gets touchy: BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 announced
At its press event in London today, RIM outed all the details about its biggest global launch ever, to 225 carriers, of a fresh handsets crop with the brand spanking new BlackBerry 7 OS.

The new announcements included RIM's hyped all-touchscreen phone BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860, and the BlackBerry Torch 8910, a successor to the original Torch, which will be exclusive to AT&T in August.

The more interesting handset, however, is undoubtedly the BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860. Under the 9850 number it will appear with CDMA radio with Sprint and U.S. Cellular, while the GSM version 9860 will land on AT&T, Rogers, Tellus and Bell in North America, with HSPA+ radio inside. RIM touts the ergonomics of it all - the front sloping seamlessly to the edges they call the "waterfall", and it is indeed a refreshing shape in the sea of rectangular touchscreen handsets.

BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860
BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860
BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860
BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860

BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860


This new phone is a bold venture for RIM as we have the biggest display on a RIM device to date - a 3.7" capacitive touchscreen with 480x800 pixels and... no physical keyboard, Storm-style, but without the SurePress thingy this time.

A 1.2GHz chipset plus 5MP camera with flash and HD video recording are rounding up the show as with the rest of RIM's BB7 OS crop. The internal memory is 4GB, expandable via a microSD card, and the battery will survive about 6 hours of talk time on both the 9850 and 9860 versions, as per RIM's specifications.

Moreover, the new BlackBerry 7 OS has been heavily-optimized for the all-touch experience, including redesigning the virtual keyboard, grouping the number and symbol keys under one button, and so on. Does the new all-touchscreen RIM handset tickle your fancy? Watch a short video walkthrough of the new BB7 OS features in the BlackBerry Torch 9860 below.

source: RIM


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posted on 03 Aug 2011, 05:00 1

1. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


I smell a lawsuit coming on!

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 16:33 1

14. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Why on earth would apple sue them ?

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 10:58

23. bhsolace (Posts: 5; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


yea they really have no reason too, apple is grossly ahead of bb in sales, and i dont think apples expecting them to return.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 05:17 1

2. snowgator (Posts: 3233; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Will give the Torch 9810 a look. Hope RIM stops the bleeding. None of these devices will blow the sales away from top end Android devices or the iPhone, but if BBOS7 is really good and the touch screens are responsive, it may make W7 Mango work a little harder. Or, they could not grab anyone but their most loyal fans, and RIM may drop below 20% smartphone sales for the first time since.... well, close to forever.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 05:44 3

4. PhoneLuver (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


I'm very disappointed with the new torch. Besides the processor and new OS, hardly anything changed! They could at the very least have put in an 8MP camera!

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 05:31 2

3. Itoldyouso (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I can't wait to see the prices for these devices compared to over phones. Blackberry devices shouldn't be over 200 no matter what carrier. These phones offer features that are pretty much stock now on most devices that come out.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 08:14 2

6. Gcombs (unregistered)


I could see these new Blackberry's being apart of Verizons BOGO promo

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 10:56 3

10. RIMpireStrikesBack (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Jul 2011)


Sorry, thats android...

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:46 1

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5850; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Yawn. This is the best RIM can do? I guess they still haven't learned their lesson from the last exclusive launch they did with AT&T - that exercise saw the handset discounted to $0 before 3 months had run.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 09:54 2

7. Chakra (Posts: 123; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


"This video is private"... EPIC FAIL!

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 20:01 1

20. wtfdude (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Grow up... And start using culturally relevant terms.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 10:35 1

8. box (unregistered)


Typo in the second paragraph: it's the 9810, not the 8910.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 10:41

9. box (unregistered)


So the 9810 is an AT&T exclusive 4G device, whereas the others are 3G only, one for CDMA, the other for GSM, if I understand this correctly?

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 18:49

19. Goldeneye (Posts: 354; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


Well HSPA+ is not the real 4G, LTE yes! These guys are a great match to my original incredible and the Droid 2 respectively handsets from last year! And again they won't be available for months! I can't believe it RIM is done!

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 12:25 1

11. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


The 9850 would be cool if iit were on Verizon's 4g LTE IMHO. I like surepress honestly. I just started using the storm 2 as my work phone and it brings back memories of how much I loved my original storm with a beefed up processor, surepress, and LTE Blackberry would probably gain me back as a customer on my primary handset.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 12:27 2

12. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


sorry for the poor punctuation, etc. Typing long messages on my phone makes my ADHD go crazy.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 14:33 1

13. vzwbb21 (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 Jun 2010)


I cannot wait for these new phones to go on sale. I think that these phones will help RIM, but not like what the QNX phone would do. Definitely though, a lot of people will buy this, including me

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 18:26 2

15. ME (unregistered)


first of all Android sucks so bad its hella cheep too! the iphone is good and blackberry is grate! all tho they have been falling off because they can add all the new good features but dont >.< like front face camera i can go on but oh well either way world wide blackberry is #2 the #1 spot apple who knew? haha so yeah....

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 18:41

16. vzwbb21 (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 Jun 2010)


i agree, the android phones have the specs, but they are too much for the platform which results in lag. single is better and this dual core bit is a waste until a platform can utilize it

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 18:41

17. Goldeneye (Posts: 354; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


Well finally we have some serious devices from RIM, oh wait It's 2011 already! Oh they're not out yet? Crap! Never mind, lol

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 18:45 1

18. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 266; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


i really like blackberry, their os may be boring, but you could get around it. i have had many bberrys in the past and ive really liked all of them. the one thing i liked about them is that they were fast, so with a 1.2 ghz processor, these phones will be very fast.

although they lost me when they said at&t and sprint bberrys only, that irks me.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 15:23 1

21. AlphaGeek39 (banned) (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


The devices will be out by the end of the month. That's not long to wait at all. These new devices will definitely go a long way in helping Rim keep market share. They may even gain some.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 10:41

22. admandano (unregistered)


Hey folks, need some suggestions. I have been using the BB storm 1 and now 2, need to upgrade, the catch is my company will only support Iphone or BB and Verzion works the best for me. Live in a 4g area and want the latest and greatest..Looks like ATT has locked up all the new phones coming out/

posted on 14 Aug 2011, 22:04

24. Lyssa (unregistered)


Can someone please fix the way TELUS is written. Thank you

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