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.
Research In Motion (RIM) has finally unveiled the much-awaited BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the BlackBerry Storm 2. The Torch 9850/9860 runs on the latest BlackBerry 7 Operating System. This handset was originally called as the Storm 3, but it has been renamed to Torch 9850/9860. The BlackBerry Torch 9850 will work with the CDMA carriers and the Torch 9860 will work with GSM carriers. The BlackBerry Torch 9860 will be exclusively available to the AT&T customers in the US. Check out the complete specs below.
“BlackBerry customers are passionate about their smartphones and they know to come to AT&T for the best choice,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “From being the first carrier to offer the BlackBerry solution in 1999 to the broadest lineup of 4G-capable BlackBerry smartphones this year, we’ll continue to offer our customers the leading BlackBerry portfolio in the U.S.”
BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 Specifications:
- 3.7 inch TFT LCD display
- 800 x 480 pixels resolution
- 1.2 GHz Processor
- BlackBerry 7 OS
- Optical trackpad
- On screen QWERTY keyboard
- 5 megapixel camera with flash
- 4X digital zoom
- Continuous auto focus
- HD (720p) video recording
- Built-in GPS functionality
- BlackBerry Maps
- 768 MB RAM memory
- 4 GB eMMC
- microSD card slot
- 32 GB expandable memory
- Dedicated Camera and Lock Keys
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- 4G Connectivity
- Bluetooth 2.1
- 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
- 1230 mAh lithium-ion battery
BlackBerry Torch 9810 comes with the premium version of Documents To Go, which offers powerful document editing features as well as a native PDF document viewer. The price of this handset has not been announced yet. This handset is expected to release by the end of this month.