Research In Motion today announced two new smartphones based on the BlackBerry 7 operating system – the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380. These new smartphones offer impressively slim and stylish designs with enhanced communications, multimedia, productivity and social connectivity features. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is both powerful and compact, offering users a fully loaded, high performance smartphone with the dual benefits of a high resolution touch display and a highly tactile keyboard. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first-ever BlackBerry Curve smartphone with a touch display. It continues to deliver the powerful social experiences, ease-of-use and smaller handset size that distinguish the BlackBerry Curve family, while also offering Curve users the choice of a larger display and an all-touch design. Some key highlights are shown below, while further information into these products is offered here.
Touch Screen – The BlackBerry Bold 9790 features a 2.4-inch capacitive touch screen. The BlackBerry Curve 9380, on the other hand, will drop the physical in favor of a 3.2-inch capacitive touch screen.
BlackBerry 7 OS – The BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 are both powered by the new BlackBerry 7 OS, which delivers a faster and richer user experience with improved browsing, voice-activated searches, and support for Augmented Reality and NFC (Near Field Communications). It also includes the ability to manage personal content separately from corporate content, and comes with a variety of personal and productivity apps out of the box.
Specs – The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is powered by a 1GHz processor, and includes 8GB of onboard memory, along with a microSD card slot that supports up to 32 GB of additional storage. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 comes equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and video recording capabilities. There are also a number of social networking apps preinstalled, including BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook, and Twitter.
Augmented Reality – Both the Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 are powered by BlackBerry 7 and include built-in support for Augmented Reality and NFC. NFC enables users to make mobile payments, pair accessories or read SmartPoster tags using their phone.