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The "4G" BlackBerry Torch 9810

The "4G" BlackBerry Bold 9900  (Source: Engadget)
"4G"-ready Torch is the first model to be revealed

According to Canalys Principal Analyst Chris Jones, Canadian phonemaker Research In Motion Ltd. (TSE:RIM) desperately needs to "continue to innovative and recapture lost momentum."  Today RIM made the first step towards that goal, but the question will inevitably whether it will be enough to right the ship. 

RIM's partner carrier AT&T, Inc. (T) today pulled the wraps [press release] over RIM's next generation BlackBerry 7 OS series, to launch this August.  The first model revealed might look a bit familiar -- it's the BlackBerry Torch with a slight hardware refresh.

The previous Torch -- the BlackBerry Torch 9800 -- came out approximately a year ago, in Aug. 2010 and was the first BlackBerry 6 OS device to launch.  Despite falling a bit short of expectations, the Torch saw decent sales and placed sixth in IBTimes's 2010 list of top smart phones.

The new Torch -- the "4G" BlackBerry Torch 9810 -- adds a 3.5G HSPA+ modem (which AT&T rebrands as "4G"), for faster data traffic.  It also significantly bumps the processor trading the slow 624 MHz Marvell Tavor PXA940 for an 1.2 GHz model from Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM).  The NAND flash memory capacity is doubled from 4 GB to 8 GB.  

The camera sticks at 5 MP, but it appears to have some sort of improvements as it can now take 720p video, versus the previous model which could only record at up to 480p.  The display looks identical to the previous model at 3.2-inches.

AT&T describes RIM's new BlackBerry 7 OS, writing:
BlackBerry 7 OS delivers speed, efficiency and UI enhancements and enables new hardware capabilities, including HD video recording, more fluid and responsive graphics, digital compass, and augmented reality. Browsing with the new BlackBerry 7 based smartphones is up to 40% faster than BlackBerry® 6 based smartphones and up to 100% faster than BlackBerry® 5 based smartphones.
Intriguing, AT&T also announces a coming Torch-branded smart phone that's all touch screen.  Hopefully RIM can pull this one off and deliver a solid all-touch phone this time around.  Its only full-touch effort to date has been the problem-plagued Storm, which became the bunt of many a joke, even among RIM supporters. (To be fair, the second generation Storm did offer some modest improvements.)  The new phone is branded the "4G" BlackBerry Torch 9860.

AT&T also announced a coming refresh of the popular "Bold" series.  The new model will be branded the "4G'" BlackBerry Bold 9900.  AT&T did not reveal any hardware details about the Bold 9900 or Torch 9860.

According to a preview in Engadget, the Bold 9900 will feature very similar specs to the new Torch, with a larger 2.8-inch display, a 1.2 GHz processor, a 720p-ready 5 MP camera, and a 10.5 mm thin case (on par with the iPhone 4).


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RE: What they aren't saying...
By Pirks on 8/3/2011 11:06:19 AM , Rating: 3
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75% slower than AppleĀ® based smartphones
I've seen a few videos where new BBs pwn iPhone 4 in web browsing speed, or in worst case perform with the same speed, so you may want to just shovel your lies back into your dirty hole where they came from, thank you.


RE: What they aren't saying...
By quiksilvr on 8/3/2011 11:33:36 AM , Rating: 2
Who is this? This can't be Pirks, Apple's lovechild.


RE: What they aren't saying...
By Pirks on 8/3/2011 11:40:01 AM , Rating: 2
Is that all you got?


RE: What they aren't saying...
By B3an on 8/3/2011 1:07:59 PM , Rating: 1
You're weird Pirks. You used to say nothing but fanboy stuff for Apple. These days you often say the opposite... what happened? Were you just trolling or did you see the light?


RE: What they aren't saying...
By Pirks on 8/3/2011 1:49:35 PM , Rating: 2
Do you want me to lie if I see some new BB pwning, say, iPhone 4 in web browsing speed? I can lie about this but what's the point? For me stating the truth here is worth much more than my high rating. I always prefer to state bare truth backed by cold hard facts and get downrated for that. I love to see people upset here when I burst their bubbles. I'm quite like Tony Swash in that regard, he loves bursting bubbles too.


RE: What they aren't saying...
By sigmatau on 8/3/2011 1:20:37 PM , Rating: 2
Who cares? Browsing the internet on a 2.5" super low resolution screen is useless. I might as well dig up a big tube tv, hook it up to the internet via a video card dongle, and place my eyeball on the screen. That is about the experience I get when using my BB Bold to browse the internet.

It's about as useless as when I had web on my phone back in 2001.


RE: What they aren't saying...
By Pirks on 8/3/2011 2:04:16 PM , Rating: 2
How about browsing Internet on a 3.7" 480x800 screen of a new Torch 9860? Eat this stupid troll :)))


RE: What they aren't saying...
By sigmatau on 8/3/2011 2:34:04 PM , Rating: 1
OK fag. You have a pathetic 3.7" screen. I have been enjoying a 4.3" screen for over a year.


RE: What they aren't saying...
By Pirks on 8/3/2011 2:40:31 PM , Rating: 1
Who cares about some Android sucker masturbating on inches and geebees, buying hardware on specs is so 2007


RE: What they aren't saying...
By sigmatau on 8/3/2011 6:03:46 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, your mind is like a circle jerk. You first bring up hardware specs, then you chastise someone for doing the same? LOL!!!


RE: What they aren't saying...
By Pirks on 8/3/2011 7:14:53 PM , Rating: 2
"Browsing the internet on a 2.5" super low resolution screen is useless" - this is your phrase, hence you brought up the hardware specs first. Caught ya lying again, troll :P


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