Research In Motion have announced a number of Blackberry OS 7 handsets, including three Torch smartphones, to be released earlier this month.
All of these new smartphones are in the hugely popular Curve range, which, although being technically sound, tend to be more affordable than the Torch range of handsets. The trio of new smartphones include the Blackberry Torch 9350, 9360 and 9370. RIM has described the new devices as inexpensive, accessible, and having social networking at their core.
The exact details on each device are difficult to pin down but what is for certain is that they'll all run on Blackberry OS7 and will come-equipped with a 5 mega-pixel camera, QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and micro SD support.
These handsets will also feature 2.44 inch screens running at a resolution of 480*360 pixels. It seems possible that the 9350 and 9360 are built for different wireless networks (i.e. One for US and one for Europe); while the 9370 has 1GB of on-board memory compared to 512MB on the other two. All three smartphones will support Near Field Communication for wireless contactless payment.
Blackberry OS 7 brings a number of improvements to any Blackberry smartphone which include a faster, easy-to-use and feature packed new web-browser. Other software includes a superior version of Docs To Go, Blackberry Balance, Blackberry Messenger and Social Feeds 2.0.
By targeting very specific demographics and focussing on selling phones to both the business elite and the busy twenty-something crowd, BlackBerry have managed to carve out a relatively successful niche for themselves in an over-crowded smartphone market. If the sound of these new BlackBerry handsets has got you all hot under the collar, and you’re thinking I may ‘sell my mobile phone’ and switch to a BlackBerry, be sure to investigate mobile phone recycling websites. By trading your old phone in online you can use the proceeds to put toward your upgrade.