Research in Motion (RIM) have rolled the last dice in hope of making inroads and regain their lost market share with the announcement of five new smartphones this evening. The phones, two of which will be an addition to the BlackBerry Bold line (Bold 9900 and 9930) along with three revamped versions of the BlackBerry Torch (9810, 9850 and 9860), will launch sometime later this month, and more importantly will run on the new BlackBerry 7 OS.
The two new Bold ‘berries will feature a touchscreen display, traditional BlackBerry keyboard and built-in support for Near Field Communications (NFC), which could open the door for options such as mobile payments.
Coming to the Torch, the 9810 will feature a larger touch display and slide-out keyboard, while the 9850 and 9860 models will sport slightly bigger screens powered by Liquid Graphics technology.
Quoting USA Today:
All five devices will run RIM’s new BlackBerry 7 operating system, which will offer an improved browser, voice-activated searches and a host of personal and productivity apps.
Wireless carrier AT&T will launch the Torch 9860 in August, while the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9810 will debut later this year. All three smartphones will run on AT&T’s 4G network.
With the announcement of these five new phones, RIM expects to provide some sort of competition to the rising glory of Apple and it’s iPhone, and to the wide army of Android smartphones floating in the market.