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RIM announces three versions of BlackBerry Torch smartphones

All the three will come with BlackBerry 7 OS with revamped user interface pre-loaded.

Research In Motion, the Canadian handset maker, has added three new smartphones to its line up including its first 4G network supporting device – BlackBerry Torch 9810. Two other devices that were announced by the company are the BlackBerry Torch 9850 and Torch 9860.

The new BlackBerry Torch 9810, announced for the USA, is a massive improvement in terms of hardware as well as software over the existing BlackBerry Torch 9800. The company hasn’t announced the price and availability of the device but we can expect the details at the CTIA Wireless meet in October.

The all new BlackBerry Torch 9810, or Torch 2 as we may call it, comes with same external chassis and display screen size as that of the Torch 9800. The new Torch 9810 comes with same 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 480×640 pixel resolution that presents crisper text with better looking images and video.

RIM has packed a 1.2Ghz processor to power the new Torch 9810 while the existing Torch 9800 comes with slow 624Mhz Marvel PXA90 processor. The Torch 9810 has 768MB RAM with 8GB onboard storage that is good enough to store loads of images and videos. At the back lies a 5 megapixel camera that can record high quality images and also capable of HD video recording. Those looking for video chat using the front facing camera will have to be disappointed though.

For connectivity, RIM offers Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth, Near Field Communication chip, GPS, and of course the 4G network support. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 comes with the next generation BlackBerry 7 operating system which brings in new Liquid Graphics, faster web browser, system-wide multi-touch support and a revamped user interface.

Pre-loaded with the Docs-To-Go premium version, BlackBerry Torch 9810 users can read and edit the Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and others on the go.

Packing a 1300mAh battery, the new Torch 9810 promises about 6.5 hours of battery life on GSM and 5.9 hours of battery life on UMTS networks. Despite of better hardware and OS update, there is just marginal benefit when it comes to battery life. Get more details about the new BlackBerry Torch 9810 here.

We expect this handset to be launched and made available by the end of this year or early next year in India.

BlackBerry Torch 9850 and Torch 9860

Looked upon as the BlackBerry Storm handset successors, the new pair of BlackBerry Torch devices will come preloaded with BlackBerry 7 OS and the Near Field Communication chip. We reported about the leaked images of this BlackBerry Torch handset last week.

Out of the two, the BlackBerry Torch 9860 is a GSM model while the Torch 9850 is a CDMA network supporting model. The company hasn’t announced the price and availability of the devices but we can expect the details at the CTIA Wireless in October.

The Torch 9850 and 9860 are powered with 1.2Ghz Qualcomm MSM 8655 processor with 768 MB RAM and 4 GB ROM on board. Of course you can add up to 32 GB memory card for additional storage.

RIM has added a 5 megapixel camera with Flash and continuous autofocus. The camera is also capable of recording 720p HD video as well. Looking very curvaceous at the edges, the Torch 9850-9860 has Optical Trackpad with dedicated Menu, Send and End keys.

For connectivity, the new Torch 9850 and 9860 handsets offer WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth, Near Field Communication chip, GPS, digital compass and accelerometer.

Both devices come with 1230mAh lithium-ion battery. However at the product features page states the BlackBerry 9860 offers 4.7 hours of battery life on GSM (2G) networks. We believe appears to be an error and actually may be 7.4 hours because the same device offers 6.8 hours of battery life on 3G Networks. Get more details about the new BlackBerry Torch 9850 and Torch 9860 here.

We expect this handset to be launched and made available by the end of this year or early next year in India.

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