RIM Expands BlackBerry 7 OS Selection

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Waterloo, Ontario - Research In Motion (RIM) is expanding its portfolio of smartphones based on its new BlackBerry 7 OS.


The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is a bar-style phone with resolution touchscreen and tactile keyboard. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first Curve-series smartphone with a touch display. It lacks a hard QWERTY keyboard.

Both models will be available in the coming weeks from multiple carriers around the world. RIM didn't disclose the carriers.

In August,

the company launched

its first five BlackBerry 7 OS smartphones in the U.S. in its Bold and Torch series. All feature 1.2GHz processors. Later that month, the company expanded the new OS

to three Curve series models

with 800MHz processors.

Curve handsets are smaller than the company's other handsets and are positioned as an affordable series targeted to consumers who want to step up from a feature phone or their current Curve

The new BlackBerry Bold 9790 comes with optical trackpad, 1GHz processor, 8GB of onboard memory, and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB of additional storage.

The all-touch BlackBerry Curve 9380 features a 3.2-inch touchscreen and preinstalled social-networking apps such as BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook, Twitter and Social Feeds apps. It also features a 5-megapixel camera with flash and video recording.

Both also have built-in support for Augmented Reality and near field communications (NFC). With the Wikitude Augmented Reality application, the phones can find nearby BlackBerry Messenger contacts in real-time, read reviews on restaurants close to them, and get information about landmarks near the contacts, the company said.

NFC makes it possible to make mobile payments, pair accessories or read SmartPoster tags with the tap of the smartphone.

The BlackBerry 7 OS delivers faster, more fluid web browsing, improved zooming and panning, HTML 5 support, voice-activated search to conduct a universal search for content on the phone and web, and BlackBerry Balance, which separates personal content from secure corporate content, giving corporate users the ability to use their personal handsets for personal email and other personal-use apps.


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