Last month, BlackBerry announced the BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the BlackBerry Storm 2 and it runs on the latest BlackBerry 7 Operating System. The BlackBerry Torch 9850 works with the CDMA carriers and the Torch 9860 works with the GSM carriers. AT&T has already launched the GSM variant of this smartphone. Now, Verizon announced the price and availability of the BlackBerry Torch 9850 smartphone, exclusively for its subscribers in the US.
BlackBerry Torch 9850 features a 3.7 inch TFT LCD display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.2 GHz processor, BlackBerry 7 OS, optical trackpad, on-screen QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with flash, 4X digital zoom and continuous auto focus. HD (720p) video recording, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, etc.
Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, built-in GPS functionality, BlackBerry Maps, 768 MB RAM memory, 4 GB eMMC, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 16 GB microSD card pre-installed, dedicated camera and lock keys, up to 6.8 hours talk time, up to 13.9 days standby time, up to 44 hours of music playback, up to 6.6 hours of video playback and a 1230 mAh lithium-ion battery.
Verizon customers can get this handset for $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement, $39.99 monthly talk plan and a $30 monthly data package. The BlackBerry Torch 9850 will be available online for purchase from September 8. You can also get this handset at Verizon Wireless communications stores, starting from September 15.