Sprint gets new Bold and Torch

RIM releases two BlackBerry 7 OS handsets for Sprint. One is Sprint's thinnest BlackBerry and one is Sprint's first full touch-screen BlackBerry.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 is Sprint's thinnest BlackBerry.
BlackBerry Bold 9930 is Sprint's thinnest BlackBerry. RIM

RIM has been busy today, with not only the release of three new BlackBerry 7 OS devices for AT&T, but two more for Sprint.

They are the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9930 and the BlackBerry Torch 9850. Both phones boast the latest BlackBerry 7 OS that promises better performance, plus a 1.2GHz processor and 5-megapixel cameras.

Both devices also feature RIM's new "Liquid Graphics" technology that promises to deliver faster speeds and a better touch-screen experience.

Other features include voice-activated universal search, augmented-reality experiences with BBM 6, and a list of preinstalled apps that include BBM, BlackBerry App World, BlackBerry Balance, BlackBerry Protect, and more.

BlackBerry Torch 9850 is Sprint's first full touch-screen BlackBerry.
BlackBerry Torch 9850 is Sprint's first full touch-screen BlackBerry. RIM

The Bold 9930 is essentially the Sprint version of the Bold 9900 that was announced for AT&T, except that it had a dual-mode GSM/CDMA chipset and is world phone compatible. Like the Bold 9900, the Bold 9930 is the thinnest BlackBerry yet at only 10.5mm (less than half an inch) thick. It has a 2.8-inch capacitive touch-screen display, which is a first for Bold handsets.

It also has the widest QWERTY keyboard available on a BlackBerry, plus the usual optical trackpad.

The Torch 9850 is the first full touch-screen BlackBerry available for Sprint, and it is the Sprint version of the Torch 9860 for AT&T. Like the Bold 9930, it has a dual-mode GSM/CDMA chipset for world travelers, plus a 3.7-inch display.

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