AFTER A YEAR of launching no devices, Research in Motion (RIM) has announced its "biggest launch ever" of two Bold and three Torch models along with its Blackberry 7 operating system (OS).
All of the smartphones, which include the size zero Bold 9900, have a 1.2GHz processor, HD video calling, 24-bit high resolution graphics and advanced sensors supporting augmented reality apps such as Wikitube.
RIM launched the Blackberry Bold 9900 and 9930, the Torch 9810 with both a touchscreen display and a slide-out keyboard, and the Torch 9850 and 9860. The Bold 9900 and 9930 devices are the first Blackberry smartphones to include near field communications (NFC) wave and pay technology.
At the launch event, the Canadian smartphone maker said that security is starting to play a "more and more important" role as people who aren't business users become a lot more conscious of what they are doing on their smartphones.
The handsets will start to tip up in shops and at mobile operators later this month, and we were told the UK release date could be 16 August.
RIM's Blackberry 7 OS apparently introduces a significantly faster web browser that delivers a "more fluid" browsing experience, which might be a relief to frustrated users who are tired of waiting for web pages to render.
The company claims its partnership with the Webkit browser engine offers an experience that's up to 40 per cent faster than Blackberry 6 and 100 per cent faster than Blackberry 5.
Other features include zooming and panning plus optimised HTML5 performance for better gaming and video responsiveness.
Last but not least, BBM can now be extended to other apps, which is good news for software developers it seems, as it integrates social networks such as Facebook, allowing apps to go viral. At least, that's how RIM is selling it. µ