Heads up, Verizon customers: you've got another new BlackBerry 7 handset headed your way. Verizon just announced that its BlackBerry Torch 9850 will be available online starting September 8th for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Those of you that prefer to go the in-store route can expect to see the Torch 9850 hit Verizon's brick and mortar locations one week later on September 15th. The full press release is available for you down below if you're into that sort of thing.
Last month saw Verizon launch its first BlackBerry 7-powered smartphone in the Bold 9930, but it's good to see another of RIM's new handsets hit Big Red, especially for folks that would rather have an all-touch device (no matter how much Aaron keeps raving about the 9930's keyboard). As far as specs go, the 9850 is packing a 3.7-inch 800x480 display, 1.2GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera, 720p HD video capture, 16GB microSD card preinstalled, and BlackBerry 7, the latest version of RIM's BlackBerry operating system. Go ahead and do a little happy dance in the comments below if you're planning on snagging Verizon's Torch 9850 later this week. Just know that we're known to pull a pretty mean lawnmower dance when we need to.
VERIZON WIRELESS INTRODUCES BLACKBERRY TORCH 9850 SMARTPHONE
BlackBerry Torch 9850 to be Available on the Nation’s Most Reliable Network
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today announced the new BlackBerry® Torch™ 9850 smartphone will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com on Sept. 8, and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on Sept. 15.
Watch videos, play games and stay productive on the largest display and highest resolution on a BlackBerry smartphone to date. Powered by the new BlackBerry® 7 operating system, customers can enjoy the next generation BlackBerry browser with optimized zooming, panning and HTML 5 performance. BlackBerry® Balance is now integrated, allowing secure access to business information while preventing it from being copied into, sent from or used by personal applications. Customers can stay connected to their personal and business lives while in or out of the office.
· 3G coverage on the nation’s most reliable network
· 3.7-inch high-resolution touchscreen display (800 x 480) with trackpad navigation
· 1.2 GHz processor
· Global Ready™ - Quad band with support for UMTS, HSPA, GSM, GPRS and EDGE allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice and data service in more than 200 countries, including more than 95 with 3G speeds
· 5-megapixel camera with flash and 720p HD video recording capabilities
· Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS and Bluetooth® 2.1
· 16 GB microSD™ card pre-installed, with support for up to 32 GB microSD card
· Liquid Graphics™ technology combines a dedicated high-performance graphics processor with a blazingly fast CPU and stunning high-resolution display to deliver a responsive touch interface with incredibly fast and smooth graphics.
· Premium version of Documents To Go is now included at no additional cost, offering customers enhanced document editing features, as well as a native PDF document viewer.
· The newest release of BBM™ (BlackBerry Messenger) now extends the real-time BBM experience together with a range of apps including gaming and social networking.
· Updated Social Feeds app has been extended to capture updates from media, podcasts and more, all in one consolidated view.
· Universal search capability now supports voice-activated search, allowing customers to simply say what they want to find on their device or the Web.
· BlackBerry Balance administrator can remotely wipe business information from the device while leaving personal information intact.
Pricing and availability:
· BlackBerry Torch 9850 smartphone will be available for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
· Customers that purchase a BlackBerry Torch 9850 smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.