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Leaked BlackBerry Roundup: Torch2 9810, Storm3/Touch 98xx, Bold Touch 99xx

Blackberry | April 14, 2011
CIO.com's BlackBerry black belt Al Sacco has the latest leaked information - technical specifications, images and video - on three of the most interesting upcoming Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry smartphones.

Both Torches should use the same roughly-1300 mAh "F-S1" power pack, so Torch2 battery life should be similar or better than 9800 battery life. And the Torch2 9810 should also support Near Field Communications (NFC) for mobile payments and more.

Check out more BlackBerry Torch 2 9810 technical specifications.

 

BlackBerry "Storm 3/Touch" 9860/9850

The BlackBerry "Touch 9860," codenamed "Monza" and thought to be a successor to RIM's BlackBerry Storm2 95xx device, has been unofficially dubbed the "Storm 3." This device is perhaps the sleekest, best-looking handheld of the three highlighted in this post. It looks a bit like the Storm2, but thinner and more "modern-looking," and will have a trackpad for improved navigation.

 

BlackBerry Touch 9860 Front and Rear
BlackBerry Touch 9860 (via BGR.com)

Like the Torch2 9810, the BlackBerry Touch 9860 smartphone will run RIM's BlackBerry 6.1 mobile OS, with support for NFC. And it is expected to pack a powerful 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, but unlike the new Torch, the Touch 9860 has less on-board storage--just 4GB--and a higher resolution display at 800x480 (WVGA). The Touch 9860 should also have the largest display of any BlackBerry at 3.7 inches, measured diagonally.

And RIM should release a CDMA version of the Touch 98xx, which will likely be called the Touch 9850--codenamed "Monaco."

BlackBerry "Bold Touch" 9900/9930

The BlackBerry Bold Touch 99xx, a successor to RIM's popular original Bold smartphone, the BlackBerry 9000, is the handheld many BlackBerry aficionados have been dreaming about for years--myself included.

 

BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 Front and Rear
BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 (via BGR.com)

 

The Bold Touch 99xx looks very much like its BlackBerry-9000-counterpart, but with sleeker styling, a thinner profile and a touch screen--hence the "Bold Touch" name. The best thing, however, about the original BlackBerry Bold is still intact: The large, full-QWERTY BlackBerry keyboard, which many smartphone and gadget geeks consider to be the most functional keyboard to ever grace a handheld device.

The Bold Touch is expected to come in two "flavors:" the GSM/UMTS variant, the Bold Touch 9900, codenamed "Dakota;" and the CDMA version, the Bold Touch 9930, codenamed "Montana." Both devices should sport 640x480 (VGA) displays and pack 1.2GHz processors.

Like the other handhelds featured in this post, both versions should run RIM's BlackBerry 6.1 OS, with support for NFC, magnetometer, proximity sensor and more. The Bold Touch will also offer 3G mobile hotspot functionality to allow multiple Wi-Fi equipped devices to connect to the Web using the Bold's cellular connection. And the Bold Touch is expected to pack a 1230 mAh battery.

 

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