The three freshest fruits from RIM‘s farm have just been launched here in the Philippines! Let’s all give a warm Pinoy welcome (despite the godawful weather) to the BlackBerry Bold 9900, Torch 9860 and Curve 9360 – three smartphones boasting the spankin’ new BlackBerry OS 7 and aiming for a piece of your sweldo the local market.
BlackBerry OS 7
But before we introduce to you the handsets, let’s first get to know the platform that’s beating within them. According to RIM, BB OS 7 provides a refined and integrated hub for phone services, email, messaging and social apps for its users. It comes packed with the newest release of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) which now extends its range to a host of other apps. BB OS 7 also sports a new browser which is significantly faster and more fluid than older versions. Liquid Graphics technology heads things in the eye-candy department by combining the performance of a dedicated graphics processor, CPU and touchscreen for faster and smoother graphics. Other nifty new features include the updated Social Feeds and Facebook for BlackBerry as well as a number of pre-loaded apps.
BlackBerry Curve 9360
The new Curve 9360 sports basically the same look as its predecessor (no surprises there) while packing a 2.44-inch HVGA display with 480 x 360 resolution. You’ll get 512MB of on-board storage together with an 800MHz CPU and 512MB of RAM. Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are all accounted for while a 5-megapixel camera with flash and image stabilization will take care of your basic camwhoring needs.
BlackBerry Torch 9860
The Torch 9860 (9850 in some markets) sports the largest-ever touchscreen found on any BlackBerry to date at 3.7 inches. With that size, the Canadians decided to ditch the QWERTY keyboard to go for a full touch experience that’s aimed at multimedia junkies. Running things for this baby is a 1.2GHz CPU that’s coupled with 768MB of RAM. It also has a 5MP camera with flash that’s capable of 720p HD recording. Capacity tops-out at 4GB and is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.
BlackBerry Bold 9900
And now, we have the star of the trio. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is one sleek looker of a handset, thanks to its thin frame (it’s actually the thinnest BlackBerry ever at just 10.5mm thick) and metallic sides. Based on our short experience with it, it’s really fast and feels feels robust to the touch. It comes with both a 2.8-inch touchscreen display that’s very responsive as well as the QWERTY keyboard that’s one of the trademarks of the whole BB experience. The Bold 9900 can capture 720p HD clips via its 5-megapixel camera and has 8GB of built-in capacity (expandable to 40GB). As for its innards, it will have a 1.2GHZ chip with 768MB of RAM. And oh, before we forget, the Bold 9900 is also the first NFC (Near-Field Communication) enabled device to roll out of RIM.
Pricing and availability
Now, the big question. How much will they go for? Of the three, only the Bold 9900 has an official SRP pegged at P31,960. It will also be available from retailers officially starting October 7. As for the Torch 9860 and Curve 9360, no definite prices were spilled yet though we’re told they will be up for grabs soon after the Bold 9900 hits store shelves. In the meantime, you could jump to the gallery below for photos of the new smartphones.