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Sprint launches BlackBerry Torch 9850 and Bold 9930 while AT&T releases BlackBerry Torch 9810

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Sprint launches BlackBerry Torch 9850 and Bold 9930 while AT&T releases BlackBerry Torch 9810
Between AT&T and Sprint, all three of RIM's latest BlackBerry models will be launched today. Over at AT&T, the sequel to the BlackBerry Torch 9800 is now available. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 has the same vertical sliding form factor that reveals a portrait oriented QWERTY keyboard. The specs have been vastly improved including a doubling in processor speed to 1.2GHz of single-core power, with 768MB of RAM on board. The resolution on the 3.2 inch display is now 480 x 640 and there is a 5MP camera on the back, capturing video at 720p. The new BlackBerry 7 OS is installed which brings RIM's second gen WebKit browser with it. AT&T is offering the BlackBerry Torch 9810 for $49.99 with a signed 2-year contract and a minimum $15 a month data plan. The off-contract price is $449.99.

Meanwhile, Sprint is now launching the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and the BlackBerry Torch 9850. The former is based on the form factor of the BlackBerry Bold 9000, but this time the phone is a touchscreen model as the 2.8 inch, 480 x 640 display can be navigated with your finger. The physical QWERTY keyboard underneath might just be the best put on any smartphone, and is 6% wider than the one on the Bold 9000. A 1.2GHz processor is under the hood along with 768MB of RAM and 8GB of memory that can be boosted with a microSD card. The 5MP camera on back has an LED flash and captures video at 720p. Once again, BlackBerry 7 OS is running the show which means that the BlackBerry Bold 9930 is equipped with a browser that is up there with mobile Safari and the stock Android browser. This is the thinnest 'Berry yet made and is RIM's flagship model until the BlackBerry Colt ships early next year. Originally rumored to be priced at $249.99 on contract as we reported, Sprint has put a price tag of $199.99 on the unit, with a signed 2-year pact.

The nation's third largest carrier is also launching the BlackBerry Torch 9850. This is an all-touchscreen model from RIM that is no way, shape or form will make you think of the screen-clicking BlackBerry Storm. At 3.7 inches with resolution of 480 x 800, the Torch 9850 offers the largest display to be found on a 'Berry at this time. Once again, we find a 1.2GHz single-core processor on board with 768MB of RAM. The handset is equipped with 8GB of internal memory that can be increased using the microSD slot on the phone. A 5MP camera on back takes video at 720p while BlackBerry 7 OS is pre-installed along with that new browser that is said to be 40% faster rendering sites than the software on BlackBerry 6 OS. Sprint will sell you one of these handsets for $149.99 as long as you put your John Hancock on the dotted line of a 2-year contract.

If you are a BlackBerry fan, or are impressed with the new trio of phones, you can check them out at your local AT&T (BlackBerry Torch 9810) or Sprint (BlackBerry Bold 9930, BlackBerry Torch 9850) store. BlackBerry 7 OS is a major step by RIM in the right direction, but is is enough to convert users of other platforms?

source: Crackberry (1), (2)

Between AT&T (L) and Sprint (R), all three new BlackBerry models are being launched today
Between AT&T (L) and Sprint (R), all three new BlackBerry models are being launched today

Between AT&T (L) and Sprint (R), all three new BlackBerry models are being launched today

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posted on 21 Aug 2011, 13:01

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Interesting how Sprint is pricing the 9930 at $199 for a 2 year contract from the get-go. How long will it be before VZW drops the pricing on their 9930? Maybe less than a month for the VZW customers to wait....

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 13:51 1

2. M0nkeyBr (Posts: 77; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)

Sorry but im going to get a android phone that can actually do something

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 18:37

5. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)

like power cycle and completely suck ass? have fun with that.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 00:55

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

You have fun with your pre3 which has no support/apps, a single core processor, and a dead operating system.

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 16:00

3. axllebeer (Posts: 271; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)

I'm a big BlackBerry fan, but my bigest gripe has always been the speed of, well, everything. I'm looking forward to an upgrade to either the Bold 9930 or the Torch 9850. Biggest issue with me is which one! They both seem pretty speedy and I'm hoping for a device that can finally keep up with ME! I've tried all the other platforms and none of the other ones support my needs. The Torch looks like it does and also with that nice screen room to play also. But can I give up my keyboard? Will have to try both out first to see. I am a PlayBook owner, (and typing this on it in fact), and I must say I'm getting pretty good at it. So might not be too hard of a transition....

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 16:07 1

4. FAW-Q (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)

The Torch 9850 is what RIM should have made a long time ago.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 00:13

7. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

These all should sell, but I cannot help but think a dominate company would have had these on the market several months ago. RIM is not as bad off as a lot of analysts say, but they are not in a position of strength, either. I really, really like the Torch 2 for AT&T and think it will sell well, and I think Blackberry fans will flock to the Bolds. Not sure why any one would pick the touchscreen BB over an Android, iPhone or a Mango W7. On the bright side, if they do not perform well the 2 top dogs at RIM may be forced out and someone with an actual plan for the future may be put in place which will keep RIM competitive and an independent company. That can only help competition and choice worldwide.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 15:29

10. DroidXDoughboyFatAssCuntFaggot (unregistered)

Im a jew Cunt that likes dradels, killing the savior and droid...gargle gargle

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