RIM launches two NFC-enabled smartphones
BlackBerry Bold 9790, BlackBerry Curve 9380 run on BlackBerry 7 OS
Research In Motion has announced the launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones, both based on the BlackBerry 7 operating system.
According to RIM, the new smartphones offer enhanced communications, multimedia, productivity and social connectivity features.
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 features a high resolution touch display and a keyboard, while the BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first-ever BlackBerry Curve smartphone with a touch display.
"We are very excited to expand the BlackBerry 7 portfolio with the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380," said Carlo Chiarello, senior vice president, Handheld Product Management at Research In Motion. "BlackBerry smartphones offer a uniquely refined mobile communications experience that people love and we think many customers will be thrilled by the faster performance, beautiful touch displays and compact designs available with these new BlackBerry 7 based models."
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone features a narrow design, the BlackBerry 7 OS, a 1 GHz processor, and include 8GB of onboard memory plus an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB of additional storage.
The all-touch BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphone features a 3.2-inch high resolution display and comes with preinstalled social networking apps, including BBM, Facebook, Twitter and Social Feeds apps. It also features a 5MP camera with flash and video recording.
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones include built-in support for Augmented Reality and NFC.
They phones also feature the Wikitude Augmented Reality application, designed to allow users to find nearby BBM contacts in real-time, read reviews on restaurants close to them, or get the story behind an interesting landmark and points of interest.
NFC also enables users to make mobile payments, pair accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a tap of the smartphone.
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones will begin to be available from various carriers around the world over the coming weeks.