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RIM Unveils New BlackBerry Bold And Torch Smartphones

Smartphone maker Research in Motion has introduced three new BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Torch handsets in a fresh attempt to regain some of its lost glory in the smartphone market.

The newly unveiled BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 comes with the trademark BlackBerry keyboard and is fitted with a Near Field Communications chip which enables mobile payments. The device is also the thinnest device RIM has ever developed, being 10.5mm thick.

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 comes with a slide-out keyboard and a touch screen while the BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 is a full touchscreen device, which the company says, has been designed to make it easy for users to use in both landscape and portrait mode.

The handsets were launched in London, the biggest launch event RIM has conducted outside the North American market. The three devices are powered by a 1.2 Ghz processor and the new BlackBerry 7 operating system.

"The BlackBerry solution offers a best-in-class mobile communications experience that customers love and we think they will be thrilled by the faster performance, enhanced browsing and richer multimedia delivered by these powerful new BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Torch smartphones," Mike Lazaridis, president and Co-CEO of Research In Motion said.