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BlackBerry Torch 9860

Announced
Aug 3, 2011
Market status
Released
Release date
Nov 6, 2011

US carrier availability

Discontinued: AT&T

Pros

No pros

Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (252 ppi)
  • Single-core processor
  • Too little RAM memory (768 MB RAM)
  • Low resolution display (480 x 800 pixels)
  • Low-resolution camera (5 megapixels)
  • No front-facing camera

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Description

RIM BlackBerry Torch 9860 is an all-touch smartphone featuring the biggest screen on a BlackBerry to date - is a 3.7” WVGA (480 x 800) capacitive touchscreen. It features 1.2GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera, 720p video recoding, 8GB internal memory, microSD card slot, digital compass, 1230 mAh battery, 3G mobile hotspot functionality, Wi-Fi, accelerometer, and all this powered by BlackBerry OS 7. It is a quad-band GSM and tri-band UMTS world phone, with alternative variant featuring T-Mobile AWS 3G band.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • BlackBerry (7)
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.72 x 2.44 x 0.45 inches (120 x 62 x 11.5 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.76 oz (135 g)
      the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
  • Design features:
    • Optical Mouse (Touchpad)
  • Side Keys:
    • Right: Volume control, Camera shutter

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 3.7 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 480 x 800 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 252 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 52.44 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 5 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Features:
      • Autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo tagging
  • Camcorder:
      • 1280x720 (720p HD)
    • Features:
      • Continuous autofocus

Hardware

  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 1200 MHz, QC 8655
  • Graphics processor:
      • Yes
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 768 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 4 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Battery

  • Talk time:
    • 4.70 hours
      the average is 11 h (675 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 13.9 days (334 hours)
      the average is 20 days (477 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 6.80 hours
      the average is 15 h (897 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 13.5 days (324 hours)
      the average is 23 days (546 h)
  • Video call time:
    • 6.60 hours
  • Music playback:
    • 44.00 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 1230 mAh
  • Type:
    • Li - Ion

Multimedia

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, FLAC, WMA, WAV, M4A (Apple lossless), 3GP, OGG, MIDI
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, AVI, 3GP
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • supports:
      • HTML, HTML5

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 800, 850, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, UMTS, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • Calendar, Alarm, To-Do, Calculator, Notes
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, MMS, Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Blackberry Connect
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Yes
  • Games:
      • Yes

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1, EDR
    • Profiles:
      • Headset (HSP), Handsfree (HFP), Dial-up networking (DUN), Serial Port (SPP), Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Phone Book Access (PBAP)
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • Charging connector:
    • microUSB
  • Other:
    • UMA (Wi-Fi Calling), Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Compass
  • Hearing aid compatibility:
      • M3, T3
    • Voice recording

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 05 Aug 2011
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

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  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Head:
      • 1.12 W/kg
    • Body:
      • 0.86 W/kg

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 03 Aug 2011
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This device is also known as BlackBerry Monza, BlackBerry Monarch, BlackBerry Storm 3


Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

BlackBerry Torch 9860 T-Mobile


Differences:
  • UMTS:
    • 900, 1700/2100 MHz
  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 05 Aug 2011
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        L6ARDQ70UW link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Head:
      • 0.87 W/kg
    • Body:
      • 1.46 W/kg

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