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BlackBerry Up to Bat

If we consider the PlayBook as a tablet sideshow, RIM has still been working hard on its key mobile range and is now ready to hit back with three new models in an attempt to claw lost smartphone market share from runaway leaders Apple and Android.

Sporting RIM's new BlackBerry 7 operating system, the phones could help the company climb back up the rankings, given its massive enterprise user base and continued reach out to the casual user. The models offer 1.2GHz ARM processors, 768MB of internal RAM and NFC built in, they are available in GSM or CDMA versions and have the following features:

  • BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860: 3.7in touch display with Liquid Graphics technology, BB7, 4GB memory expandable up to 36GB with micro-SD. 5MP camera, HD video recording. GPS. Wi-Fi
  • BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930: 2.8in display, 640x480, 287ppi; BB7; 8GB on-board memory; expandable up to 40GB with micro-SD; 5MP camera, digital zoom, 720p HD video recording; Wi-Fi
  • BlackBerry Torch 9810: 3.2in display, BB7, 5MP camera HD video recording, GPS, Wi-Fi, slide-out QWERTY keyboard

Bold 9900, Torch 9850 and Torch 9810, but will they hold a candle to a new iPhone?

Bold 9900, Torch 9850 and Torch 9810, but will they hold a candle to a new iPhone?

Holding a Torch

The Torch 9850 is the key here, as the majority of smartphones sold now are keyboardless devices, relying on the touchscreen. The new OS is claimed to be around 40% faster than its predecessor BB6, while the screen offers a high pixel density of more than 250dpi for a high quality display and it can record HD video through its camera.

With improved web browsing, enhanced HMTL 5 support and decent media features, the range seems to have caught up to the competition and with one model, the Torch 9810, hitting stores this month, the others might just sneak out before Apple drops its next iCloud-powered iPhone 5 bomb.

Take a look at its features, via this Vodafone video:

Is any of that likely to tempt you away from your current BlackBerry, or will your next upgrade be to an Apple or Android model?