Research in Motion (RIM) has unveiled three new additions to the nascent Torch family of BlackBerry smartphones, heading up what it has dubbed its “biggest-ever launch”.
Showcased today, along with new models in the Bold line, all three phones run the upgraded BB7 version of RIM’s operating system, offering 40 per cent faster browsing compared with handsets powered by the previous OS6 iteration, as well as more fluid animation and a smoother touchscreen experience.
The handsets, which are due to land this month, also rock powerful 1.2GHz processors, bringing RIM’s kits more in line with their dual core packing rivals and are NFC-capable to allow users to make contactless payments for low ticket items a la Oyster Cards.
At 11.5mm thick, the all-touchscreen Torch 9860 and what’ll probably be a US-only variant the 9850 are among the slimmest BlackBerry phones so far.
Both are home to a 3.7-inch touchscreen (the most expansive on a BlackBerry to date), an optical trackpad and a five megapixel camera snapper with continuous autofocus and 720p HD video recording.
The Torch 9810, meanwhile, teams a 3.2-inch, high resolution touch display with a none-more-BB, slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard. Like the 9850 and 9860, it’s also powered by a 1.2GHz processor, a five megapixel camera and offers HD video recording.
According to Patrick Spence, Managing Director of Global Sales and Regional Marketing, the handsets are set to arrive on networks this month.