Research In Motion (RIM) has unveiled five new BlackBerry smartphones. RIM,
in conjunction with more than 225 carriers and distribution partners
around the world, is rolling out two new BlackBerry Bold models and
three new BlackBerry Torch models. All devices run the latest BlackBerry
7 OS that features an advanced WebKit browser, optimised zooming, improved graphics, voice-activated search and an integrated suite of phone, email, messaging and social applications. An updated BlackBerry Messenger and improved social networking apps also feature in the new OS.
Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced
plans to launch 5 new BlackBerry® smartphones based on the BlackBerry® 7
Operating System (OS). RIM, in conjunction with carriers and
distribution partners around the world, is rolling out two new
BlackBerry® Bold™ models and three new BlackBerry® Torch™ models, all
running the powerful new BlackBerry® 7 OS.
The launch of this family of handsets will be RIM’s largest global
launch ever and more than 225 carriers and distribution partners have
already commenced or completed over 500 certification programs for
these 5 new handsets.
Featuring RIM’s next generation of hardware and software platforms,
these five new BlackBerry 7 based smartphones offer users a variety of
designs to choose from and deliver the ultimate in communications,
multimedia and productivity.
The new BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 and 9930 are RIM’s thinnest
smartphones ever, each offering a large keyboard and brilliant touch
display. The new BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810 smartphone builds on the
popularity of the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800 and combines a large touch
display with a convenient slide-out keyboard. The BlackBerry® Torch™
9850 and 9860 introduce an all-new, all-touch design featuring the
largest display on a BlackBerry® smartphone to date.
“This is the largest global launch of BlackBerry smartphones in our
history,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO of Research In
Motion. “The BlackBerry solution offers a best-in-class mobile
communications experience that customers love and we think they will be
thrilled by the faster performance, enhanced browsing and richer
multimedia delivered by these powerful new BlackBerry Bold and
BlackBerry Torch smartphones.”
Next-Generation BlackBerry 7 OS
BlackBerry 7 introduces a next generation BlackBerry browser with a
significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience that is among
the best in the industry. Combining the dramatically improved
performance of the advanced WebKit browser engine together with the
powerful hardware enhancements found in the BlackBerry 7 based
smartphones delivers browsing results that are up to 40% faster than
BlackBerry® 6 based smartphones and up to 100% faster than BlackBerry® 5
based smartphones*. Additional enhancements to this next generation
BlackBerry browser have also optimized zooming and panning for smoother
web navigation and optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming
and video experiences.
RIM’s new BlackBerry 7 based smartphones also feature Liquid
Graphics™ technology, with each smartphone combining a dedicated
high-performance graphics processor with a blazingly fast CPU and
stunning high resolution display to deliver a highly responsive touch
interface with incredibly fast and smooth graphics.
In addition, BlackBerry 7 based smartphones continue the tradition of
delivering the world’s best mobile communications experience with a
highly refined and integrated suite of phone, email, messaging and
social apps to keep users connected and productive throughout the day.
Recent enhancements include the newest release of BBM™ (BlackBerry®
Messenger) which now extends the real time BBM experience to a range of
other apps (see separate announcement on July 28, 2011). The updated
Social Feeds (2.0) app has been extended to capture updates from media,
podcasts, and favorites all in one consolidated view. The new Facebook®
for BlackBerry smartphones (2.0) app introduces features like Facebook
chat and BBM integration that makes it easier for users to connect
with their Facebook friends in real time.
BlackBerry 7 OS also includes a number of other pre-loaded
applications and integrated functionality for increased productivity
and collaboration right out of the box. The Premium version of
Documents To Go is now included free of charge, offering users powerful
document editing features as well as a native PDF document viewer.
BlackBerry® Protect is also pre-loaded**, offering customers the peace
of mind that personal data can be backed up and secured in the cloud.
BlackBerry® Balance (announced May 2, 2011) is now integrated in
BlackBerry 7, allowing users to enjoy the full BlackBerry smartphone
experience for both work and personal purposes without compromising the
IT department’s need for advanced security and IT controls. And
further, the popular universal search capability has been enhanced with
support for voice-activated search, so users can now simply speak to
begin searching their device and the web for information.
A New Performance Driven Platform
RIM’s line up of next generation BlackBerry smartphones are built on a
new performance driven platform powered by the latest BlackBerry
software and hardware. In addition to supporting the new BlackBerry 7
OS, each smartphone also features a range of powerful hardware
enhancements including a 1.2 GHz processor, HD video recording, 24-bit
high resolution graphics, and advanced sensors enabling new augmented
reality applications such as Wikitude that can be seamlessly integrated
with BBM 6 – all designed to deliver the ultimate in communications,
multimedia and productivity for users around the world.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 Smartphones with Touch Display and Keyboard
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 series is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone
yet (at only 10.5mm) and the first to offer the perfect union of a
high performance keyboard and touch display integrated within the
iconic BlackBerry Bold design. The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930
are also the first BlackBerry smartphones to include built-in support
for NFC (Near Field Communications), a new technology that is enabling
many new and exciting capabilities, including the ability to pair
accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the
smartphone. Distinguished by its beautiful design, amazingly effective
keyboard and brilliant touch display, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 series
is crafted with premium materials including a brushed stainless steel
frame that puts the finishing touch on a truly outstanding smartphone.
BlackBerry Torch 9810 Smartphone with Touch Display and Slide-Out Keyboard
Building on the popular design of the BlackBerry Torch 9800, the new
BlackBerry Torch 9810 is faster and more fluid with high performance
hardware features and the new BlackBerry 7 OS delivering an enhanced
multimedia experience. Featuring a large 3.2”, high resolution touch
display and a distinctive BlackBerry keyboard that easily slides out to
allow faster typing, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 truly delivers the best
of both worlds.
All-Touch BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 Smartphones
The BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 smartphones offer the fast, fluid
BlackBerry 7 experience in a stylish new all-touch design. With a
spectacular new 3.7” display, the largest ever on a BlackBerry
smartphone, the new all-touch BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860
smartphones are optimized for displaying web pages, photos, videos, and
powerful gaming experiences and still deliver the real-time
communication and collaboration experience loved by millions of
BlackBerry smartphone users around the world.
The next generation of BlackBerry smartphones will begin to be
available from carriers around the world starting later this month.
Availability dates for specific devices from specific carriers will be
announced in conjunction with RIM’s partners.
For additional information please visit www.blackberry.com
* Requires BlackBerry 7 OS. Testing was performed by RIM in July 2011
and measured average page load speeds using pre-release BlackBerry 7
** BlackBerry Protect will be pre-loaded where available. Check with your local operator for availability.
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation,
revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the
BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services
are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to
the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded
in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North
America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the
NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:
RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.