Last night, RIM held an exclusive event called #BB7FanNight to announce the arrival of their new BlackBerry devices: the new Bold 9900, Torch 9860 and the Torch 9810. All three will be joining Rogers lineup this summer and all three are capable of 14.4 Mbps 4G download speeds.
In addition to a special guest appearance from baseball legend Joe Carter, I also had a chance to catch up with BlackBerry expert, Jeff Gadway to take a look at these new devices and get the low-down on some of the new features and functionality. Video coming soon.
The Torch 9860 will be Rogers first all-touch BlackBerry smartphone. It runs on BlackBerry 7 OS, has a 5.0MP camera with flash, 720p HD video recording capability and 4GB on-board flash memory. This smartphone will cost $199.99 with select three-year plans.
For those that can’t live without the full keyboard, you’ll want to check out both the Bold 9900 and the Torch 9810 that come with both touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard. The Bold 9900 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet, at only 10.5mm. The Torch 9810 has a large 3.2” high resolution display. Both smartphones run the latest BlackBerry 7 OS and come with 5.0 MP cameras with flash and 720p HD video recording capability. The Bold 9900 will be $249.99 and the Torch 9810 will be $199.99 with select three year plans.
What do you think of the latest BlackBerry devices?
UPDATE (August 8, 2011, 5:02 pm): As promised, here’s a video from last week’s #BB7FanNight:
UPDATE (August 9, 2011, 4:40 pm): Good news! The BlackBerry Bold 9900 will be available at Rogers stores starting Wednesday, August 10 and the BlackBerry Torch 9810 will be available this Friday, August 12. To ensure your local store has stock, we recommend calling ahead. No update on the launch date for the BlackBerry Torch 9860 but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we can. Stay tuned!
UPDATE (August 18, 2011 5:43 pm): Existing Rogers customers can now reserve a Blackberry Torch 9810 or Blackberry Bold 9900 on the Rogers Reservation System. Login to MyRogers and reserve your device today. We are glad to offer this exclusive service for Rogers customers.
UPDATE (August 23, 2011 10:01 a.m): This morning Research in Motion announced new Blackberry Curve smartphones and we’re happy to announce the BlackBerry Curve 9360 will be available at Rogers stores just in time for the Back to School season.
UPDATE:(August 31, 2011, 9:31 a.m)- BlackBerry Curve 9360 is now available for $49.99 with a three-year term and the Blackberry Torch 9860 is now available for $199.99 with a three-year term. Both devices will be available in Rogers stores nation-wide by the end of the week.
Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard