The smartphones run BlackBerry 7 OS, which includes support for Augmented Reality and near-field communication.
Research in Motion released
two new smartphones based on the BlackBerry 7 operating system-the Bold 9790
and Curve 9380. The Bold 9790 offers a high-resolution touch display and a
tactile keyboard. The Curve 9380 is the first-ever Curve smartphone with a
The Bold 9790 combines a
high-resolution and touch display with a tactile keyboard and an optical
trackpad, and comes in a narrow design. With the BlackBerry 7 OS and 1GHz
processor, the Bold 9790 allows users to browse the Web, run applications, work
with documents and play multimedia files. It includes 8GB of onboard memory and
an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32GB of additional storage.
The Curve 9380 is the first
all-touch smartphone in the Curve family. It features a 3.2-inch high-resolution
display and comes with preinstalled social networking applications, including BlackBerry
Messenger (BBM), Facebook, Twitter and Social Feeds applications. The handset
also features a 5MP camera with flash and video recording. The Bold 9790 and
Curve 9380 smartphones will begin to be available from various carriers around
the world over the coming weeks, though no pricing information was released.
The company said availability dates for specific devices from specific carriers
would be announced in conjunction with RIM's partners.
The smartphones run
BlackBerry 7 OS, which includes support for Augmented Reality and near-field
communication (NFC). It also includes the ability to manage personal content
separately from corporate content, and comes with a variety of personal and
compiler to improve the load-time speed of Web pages, and it offers optimized
HTML5. The universal search capability has also been enhanced with support for
BlackBerry 7 includes a
number of preinstalled applications and integrated functionality for
productivity and sharing and collaboration. The Premium version of Documents To
Go is included free, offering users document editing features as well as a
native PDF viewer. BlackBerry Protect is preloaded, allowing personal data to
be backed up and secured in the cloud.
BlackBerry Balance is also
integrated in BlackBerry 7, and the Social Feeds (2.0) application has been
extended to capture updates from media and favorites all-in-one consolidated
view. The Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones (2.0) application introduces
features like Facebook chat and BBM integration that make it possible for users
to connect with Facebook contacts in real time.
"We are very excited to
expand the BlackBerry 7 portfolio with the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 and
BlackBerry Curve 9380," said Carlo Chiarello, senior vice president, handheld
product management at RIM. "BlackBerry smartphones offer a uniquely refined
mobile communications experience that people love and we think many customers
will be thrilled by the faster performance, beautiful touch displays and
compact designs available with these new BlackBerry 7-based models."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.