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BlackBerry Torch 9860 and 9850 are all touch phones from Research in Motion, Canada. They are two of the three new additions to the BlackBerry Torch family. BlackBerry Torch 9860 and 9850 boasts of the largest BlackBerry Smartphone display ever at 3.7-inch and WVGA (800×480 pixels) resolution.

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BlackBerry Torch 9860 and 9850 will feature RIM’s latest operating system, the BlackBerry 7 OS with improved hardware, promising improved performance.


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BlackBerry 7 OS on solid hardware

BlackBerry Torch 9860 and 9850 feature the BlackBerry 7 OS with its Liquid Graphics that promises a faster performance and improved user experience. BB 7 OS offers ease of use and faster performance when swiping, zooming and scrolling around apps and websites will be fast and easy.

Aside being fast, BlackBerry 7 OS adds some interesting features to BlackBerry phones like improved universal search with voice enabled search, support for Near Field Communication (NFC), support for 720p HD video recording, and support for augmented reality apps.

Like all BlackBerry 7 OS phones announced so far, BlackBerry Torch 9860 and 9850 will feature a powerful 1.2GHz processor and 768MB RAM, which will offer fast performance and improved user experience.

Largest BlackBerry Smartphone display ever

With a 3.7-inch transmissive TFT touchscreen at a WVGA (800×480 pixels) resolution, the BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 have the biggest BlackBerry phone displays ever. The display quality is good with 253 DPI (dots per inch), offering sharp and crisp viewing experience. However, although BlackBerry Torch 9860 and 9850 can record 720p HD video, you cannot watch 720p HD quality video on its display. You can only view them with your HDTV or computer.

A 5MP Camera with HD video

Blackberry Torch 9860 and Torch 9850 features a 5 megapixels camera. The camera records HD videos at 720p, for capturing good quality videos. The camera features zero shutter lag, continuous autofocus, image stabilisation, LED flash, 4× digital zoom (images), face detection, and Geotagging.

Data and Network support

The major difference between the Blackberry Torch 9860 and Torch 9850 is that the BlackBerry Torch 9860 is a Tri-Band WCDMA/HSDPA phone with Quad-Band GSM/EDGE support, while BlackBerry Torch 9850 is a Dual-Band CDMA/EVDO Rev A, Single-Band WCDMA/HSDPA, and Quad-Band GSM/EDGE phone. So in summary, Torch 9850 can be seen as a Torch 9860 with a CDMA/EVDO Rev.A radio, although this is not completely accurate.

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Blackberry Torch 9860 and Torch 9850 supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.

Business Connectivity

BlackBerry has faced fierce competition from Apple and Android in its stronghold corporate consumers. So expect these BlackBerry Torch phones to support business connectivity features like:

  • corporate data access
  • SMS/MMS messaging
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
  • wireless email
  • BlackBerry Messenger
  • built-in internet modem
  • push email
  • extensive email support
  • USB
  • browser
  • NFC
  • organiser
  • Social networking
  • Instant messaging

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Pricing and availability

The BlackBerry Torch 9860 is currently available in Nigeria at a price range of N41,400 to N48,500.

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Other features of Blackberry Bold Torch 9860/9850:

  • BlackBerry 7.0 OS
  • 1.2GHz Processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • NFC support (smart tags, e-wallet, etc)
  • 8 GB eMMC on-board memory, plus microSD slot supporting up to 32 GB cards
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
  • Built-in GPS /A-GPS
  • Integrated speaker and microphone
  • Integrated hands-free speakerphone
  • 3.5mm audio support
  • Trackpad navigation
  • Video support: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV3
  • Audio format support: MP3, AMR-NB, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMV, Flac, Ogg Vorbis
  • 3G WCDMA/HSPA+
  • CDMA/EVDO Rev.A (BB Bold Touch 9950 only)
  • Quad-band GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz
  • Document reader (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Games
  • 1230 mAH rechargeable battery
  • Standby: 324 hours (3G)
  • Talktime: 6.8 hours (3G)

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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article BlackBerry Torch 9860 9850 Specs & Prices was written by Paschal Okafor. The article was last modified: October 13th, 2019

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