In a desperate attempt to make a come back RIM has launched two new phones in India, BlackBerry Curve 9360 and Torch 9860. Both the devices are running the latest OS 7 and while one has a standard Blackberry QWERTY keyboard and track pad, torch is a capacitive touch Screen phone.
The Curve 9360 was launched targeting the mid market section and the price was expected to be around Rs. 15,000 looking at the specs of the phone including the fact that it doesn’t even have a touch screen but came out with a price tag of Rs. 19,000. Then there is the Torch 9860, successor to the popular Strom 2 one of the fastest Blackberry phones priced at Rs. 29,000 among the Android Dual Cores like Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Sensation which have every spec twice as fast the Torch.
Sure it’s a welcome and much awaited for the Blackberry Boys and Girls but the real question is it good enough to woo the Android and iPhone users or at least bring back those who left due to the outdated features and decreasing app support.
BlackBerry Curve 9360
BlackBerry Curve 9360 features a 2.44 inch HVGA+ display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels, 800 MHz processor, BlackBerry 7 Operating System, Full QWERTY keyboard, touch-sensitive optical trackpad, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with flash, image stabilization, face detection, digital zoom, geo-tagging, VGA video recording and 3.5mm headset jack, integrated GPS with A-GPS ready, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC (Near Field Communications), microSD/SDHC slot, 512 MB RAM, 512 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, up to 9 hours of video playback time, up to 25 hours of music playback time, up to 5 hours of talk-time, up to 12 days of standby time and a 1000 mAh battery.
BlackBerry Curve 9360 comes with a price-tag of Rs.19,990. Airtel subscribers will get the Rs.299 BlackBerry plan free for 2 months two months with the purchase of this device. Airtel subscribers will also get an additional benefit of reduced local calls rates at 20p/min and SMS at 5p with a validity of 12 months.
BlackBerry Torch 9860
BlackBerry Torch 9860 features a 3.7 inch TFT LCD display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.2 GHz processor, BlackBerry 7 OS, optical trackpad, on-screen QWERTY keyboard, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, 5 megapixel camera with flash, 4X digital zoom and continuous auto focus. HD (720p) video recording and 3.5 mm headset jack, dedicated camera and lock keys, 768 MB RAM memory, 4 GB eMMC, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 16 GB microSD card pre-installed, built-in GPS functionality, BlackBerry Maps, up to 6.8 hours talk time, up to 13.9 days standby time, up to 44 hours of music playback, up to 6.6 hours of video playback and a 1230 mAh lithium-ion battery.
BlackBerry Torch 9860 is the successor of the popular BlackBerry Storm 2 smartphone. It comes with the premium version of Documents To Go, which offers powerful document editing features as well as a native PDF document viewer. This handset comes with a price-tag of Rs.28,490.
Frenny Bawa, Managing Director, India at Research In Motion said,
“We are very excited to build on the success of the BlackBerry solution in India with the introduction of the new BlackBerry Torch 9860. This powerful new smartphone features many new enhancements, including the next generation BlackBerry 7 operating system, and we think customers will be particularly thrilled by the faster performance, enhanced browsing and richer multimedia.”