We’re covering BlackBerry’s event live – here’s the skinny fresh from London. RIM announced five new Berries, or three distinct phones, if you don’t count the GSM/CDMA versions separately. Meet the new Bold Touch, Torch and (a different) Torch models, all with BB OS 7, fast processors, high-ppi screens and NFC.
The BlackBerry Media Event is off to a start here in London
The BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 (GSM/CDMA versions) is the thinnest phone that RIM ever produced (10.5mm). Like the other new models, the Bold 9900 is running BlackBerry OS 7 on a 1.2GHz single-core processor and 768MB RAM.
It packs a portrait QWERTY keyboard and a 287ppi screen above it. The Bold 9900 has excellent connectivity with HSPA+ (14.4Mbps downlink), Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC support (one of the BB OS 7 highlights is NFC support).
The camera on the Bold Touch is a 5MP unit with 720p video recording.
RIM announces the BB Bold 9900, the BB Torch 9860 and the BB Torch 9810
Next up is the new BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 (again, GSM/CDMA). Previously rumored simply as BlackBerry Touch, this model is all touchscreen – it has a 3.7″ display with 15:9 aspect ratio and 253ppi. This Torch is 11.5mm thick.
Finally, there’s the new BlackBerry Torch 9810, which has an updated screen compared to the original. The new one packs 253ppi, same as the other new Torches.
The two new Torch models – 9850/9860 and 9810 come with 1.2GHz processors with 768MB RAM and NFC, of course. RIM was also keen to talk about the advantages of BlackBerry OS 7.
The new models are expected to launch in September.
RIM also talked at length about the new BlackBerry OS 7 – they announced it a while back, but made sure to remind us of how smooth and responsive the new Liquid graphics are.
The new BB OS 7 is RIM’s most advanced mobile OS iteration with a host of welcome enhancements
BlackBerry Messenger 6 is also part of the new software package – it concentrates heavily on SNS stuff and makes it easier for devs to integrate it into their apps.
Wikitude, the Artificial Reality browser is also coming to BlackBerry and ties in neatly with BBM 6, now you’ll be able to see any of your nearby BBM contacts in real time.
RIM shared some interesting statistics that are worth mentioning. There are 60,000 NFC-enabled locations in London alone. 11% of the UK’s population, that’s 7 million people, are using a BlackBerry. They’re also growing in emerging markets like East Africa, where they got 1 million new users in just 3 weeks.