BlackBerry Media Event: Live Coverage

By 03:48 Wed, 11 Aug 2021 Comments


We're covering BlackBerry's event live - here's the skinny fresh from London. RIM announced five recent Berries, or three distinct phones, if you don't count the GSM/CDirect Memory Access (DMA) versions separately. Meet the recent Brecent Touch, Torch and (a different) Torch models, all with BB Operating System (OS) 7, quick processors, high-ppi screens and NFC.

The BlackBerry Media Event is off to a start here in London

The BlackBerry Brecent 9900/9930 (GSM/CDirect Memory Access (DMA) versions) is the thinnest phone that RIM ever produced (10.5mm). Like the other recent models, the Brecent 9900 is running BlackBerry Operating System (OS) 7 on a 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) single-core processor and 768Mega Bytes (MB) RAM.

It packs a portrait QWERTY keyboard and a 287ppi classy screen above it. The Brecent 9900 has excellent connectivity with HSPA+ (14.4Mbps downlink), Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC support (one of the BB Operating System (OS) 7 highlights is NFC support).

The capturing camera on the Brecent Touch is a 5MP unit with 720p video recording.

RIM announces the BB Brecent 9900, the BB Torch 9860 and the BB Torch 9810

Next up is the recent BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 (again, GSM/CDMA). Previously rumored simply as BlackBerry Touch, this model is all touchclassy screen - it has a 3.7" display with 15:9 aspect ratio and 253ppi. This Torch is 11.5mm thick.

Finally, there's the recent BlackBerry Torch 9810, which has an updated classy screen compared to the original. The recent one packs 253ppi, same as the other recent Torches.

The two recent Torch models - 9850/9860 and 9810 come with 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) processors with 768Mega Bytes (MB) Random-Access Memory (RAM) and NFC, of course. RIM was also keen to talk about the advantages of BlackBerry Operating System (OS) 7.

The recent models are expected to launch in September.

RIM also talked at length about the recent BlackBerry Operating System (OS) 7 - they announced it a while back, but made sure to remind us of how smooth and responsive the recent Liquid graphics are.

The recent BB Operating System (OS) 7 is RIM's most advanced mobile Operating System (OS) iteration with a host of welcome enhancements

The recent browser is also a serious improvement over the previous version - RIM claim it offers best in class HTML5 support and JavaScript performance, and has competitive page load times. It's also 40% faster than the browser in BB Operating System (OS) 6. A while back, they even put it up against the iOS and Android browser and it came out on top, taking just 2.84 seconds to complete the SunSpider test.

BlackBerry Messenger 6 is also part of the recent software package - it concentrates heavily on SNS stuff and makes it easier for devs to integrate it into their apps.

Wikitude, the Artificial Reality browser is also coming to BlackBerry and ties in neatly with BBM 6, now you'll be able to see any of your nearby BBM contacts in real time.

RIM shared some fascinating statistics that are worth mentioning. There are 60,000 NFC-enabled locations in London alone. 11% of the UK's population, that's 7 million people, are using a BlackBerry. They're also growing in emerging markets like East Africa, where they got 1 million recent users in just 3 weeks.



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