Three new BlackBerry Torch models announced

RIM busts out trio of new Torch smartphones running BlackBerry OS 7

After all the excitement surrounding BlackBerry’s Playbook tablet, it’s easy to forget the company used to blaze a trail for smartphones, too. But our memories have taken a jolt this morning as RIM rolled out a trio of new Torch phones.

The Torch 9810 is an evolution of BlackBerry’s original Torch slider. It retains the 3.2in touchscreen, thumbable slide-out QWERTY and 5MP cam, but adds some more impressive horsepower in the processor department – its 1.2GHz engine finally competing with its top-level handset peers.

That beefier spec is carried across the new Torch range – alongside HD video recording, 24-bit hi-res graphics and BlackBerry OS 7 – into BlackBerry’s two touchscreen-only Torch models – the 9850 (dual-band) and 9860 (tri-band). These replace the Storm line and have a 3.7in screen and 4GB built-in memory.

Best of all, the phones will be coming out this month, for a price we’ll try to inveigle BlackBerry into disclosing soon. We’ll be getting our hands dirty with this new hardware later today, so watch this space for our fingers’ findings.

BlackBerry also announced two new Bold models.


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