These New BlackBerrys Are Nothing Revolutionary, But RIM Fans Will Be Pumped

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RIM announced three new BlackBerry smartphones this morning, all running its new BlackBerry 7 operating system.On paper, the new phones don’t offer anything new you can’t get with the iPhone or many of the popular Android devices out there. And after the BlackBerry Torch bombed last year, we’re a little surprised RIM is trying again with two new Torch models.

BlackBerry 7 OS isn’t much of an upgrade from the current version running on your BlackBerry phone right now. In fact, the OS was supposed to be a minor update to version 6, until RIM decided to rebrand it BlackBerry 7 a few months ago.

We’re still waiting for RIM to bring its QNX OS (the same one running on the PlayBook) to its smartphones, but that won’t happen until next year.

In the meantime, we’ve pulled together the top specs on each of RIM’s new BlackBerrys. They’ll be available later this month.

The Bold 9900 has a 2.8-inch touch screen with a 640 X 480 resolution

BlackBerry 7 OS is very similar to BlackBerry 6. (In fact, it was originally supposed to be version 6.5, not 7)

RIM says you'll get about 6 hours of talk time out of the Bold

The camera is only 5 MP, but it shoots 720p HD video

The new BlackBerry Torch 9810 is very similar to last year's model. It sports the same slide-out keyboard as before

The touchscreen is 3.2 inches. It pops up to reveal the QWERTY keyboard

There's also built-in augmented reality, meaning you can get information about your surroundings just by snapping a photo

The Torch 9810 becomes nice and compact when closed

Here's the new touchscreen-only BlackBerry Torch 9850.

We're not sure why the new Torch has a trackpad. Seems redundant for a touchscreen device

RIM says this will be its thinnest BlackBerry yet.

The Torch 9850 will also have voice-activated universal search. That means you can look up stuff stored on your phone or the Web.

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