Well we knew that a new BlackBery Bold and Torch were on their way, but RIM just announced the launch of three new series of handsets for a total of seven new devices.
All of these new smartphones are running on a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of onboard RAM, and the new BlackBerry 7 OS. The devices are also sporting a RIM’s Liquid Graphics technology which offers a smoother experience for scrolling, zooming and panning.
Now lets break down each of these new handsets. First, the new BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 sports a totally new design / form-factor for RIM with a 3.7″ display which is the largest ever for a BlackBerry. This device is about playing games, watching movies, and it lacks a dedicated keyboard.
RIM has also updated last year’s Torch with the Torch 9810. The device sports a 3.2″ display and a slide-out keyboard.
Finally, there is the BlackBerry Bold 9900 series which measuring just 10.5mm thick, it is the world’s thinnest phone with a dedicated QWERTY. It’s also packing a 2.8″ display with a 640 x 480 resolution and a super high 287 pixels per inch, which should help compensate for the smallish display real estate. And unlike the new Torch handsets, we’re pretty sure that the BlackBerry Bold will be available for T-Mobile since the spec sheet lists a model with support for 1700 bands.
Meanwhile, you can expect the Torch handsets to land at AT&T, whom these days manages to get just about every cool handset known to man. The new handsets are expected to start showing up with carriers later this month.
But aside from all the new hardware, the new BlackBerry 7 OS promises 40% faster performance over BlackBerry 6, a smoother web experience with optimized HTML 5 performance. BlackBerry OS 7 also integrates the latest release of BlackBerry Messenger and the new Facebook 2.0 app which features Facebook chat and BBM integrations. Documents To Go is also now included free of charge.
Update: AT&T has announced that they will be getting the 4G Torch 9810, and that it will be launching in late August. AT&T has also confirmed that they will be offering both the 4G BlackBerry Bold 9900, and the 9860, later in the year too.