BlackBerry fans we got news for you. The device previously known as the BlackBerry Monaco / Monza / Storm 3 / Touch is now officially called the BlackBerry Torch 9850/60. The Torch 9850 is an all-touchscreen BlackBerry that feature RIM’s new BlackBerry 7 OS, and here is one of the first look at the new OS in action in the new yet-to-be-released device.
You get a good feel of how fluid the new OS is as well as the new virtual keyboard layout and its responsiveness. And we have to say, even though we’re not really into BlackBerrys, this new Torch is looking rater good. If all future BlackBerrys perform like this, then RIM might not be in so much of a trouble after all.
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BlackBerry fans, if you’re wondering when the new range of BlackBerry devices is coming to Malaysia, we got news for you — the next couple of months will be exciting.
We don’t have exact dates or pricing details at the moment but you can bet your old BlackBerry that once we get the latest, you’ll read about it first right here, so keep it locked on to SoyaCincau.com
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Here’s a picture of two upcoming BlackBerrys posing side-by-side. You’re looking at the full touchscreen BlackBerry Touch 9860 and next to it you have the BlackBerry Torch 2 9810. Details for the two device are still fleeting but it looks BlackBerry fans still have a lot to look forward to before the year draws to a close.
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U Mobile has finally started offering the BlackBerry Torch with its Unlimited BIS + 5GB data plan at RM1299 with a 24 months contract. The Unlimited BIS + 5GB data plan of RM68/month offer both BIS and 5GB of data quota for additional internet usage that’s usually charged at 5 sen/MB. This RM28/month add on for 5GB data is quite a good deal on top of their existing RM40/month BIS plan.
For the first 200 to take up this BlackBerry Torch offer, U Mobile is giving additional RM100 rebate and the first 50 will also get to enjoy extra accessories worth RM340.
The call rates which is charged as Pay As You Use (PAYU) remained unchanged at 18 sen/min to all networks. SMS 5 sen for U Mobile to U Mobile and 12 sen to others.
If the sliding Torch smart phone is not your thing, there are also offering BlackBerry Bold 9780 at RM1000 and the Curve 9300 at RM500 on Unlimited BIS + 5GB Data with 24 months contract.
For more info, head to U Mobile’s BlackBerry page.
While the previous BlackBerry Torch didn’t really heat things up for Blackberry, the upcoming BlackBerry Torch 2 is set to deliver what the original Torch didn’t. While there’s no indication of launch, Techno Buffalo has managed to get an early hands-on.
Although the design remains the same, BlackBerry has make significant upgrades to the internals. Firstly the screen has been bumped up to display a higher 640×480 resolution and according to reviewer, it is much better than the original torch. Performance is said to be much smoother as it uses a 1.2GHz processor which should be similar to the new Bold .
This year BlackBerry is aggressively trying to match up with other smart phone platforms by giving its product line a full refresh. We’ve seen the impressive BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and the Curve replacement should be announced soon.
Early this year, we talked about the upcoming trio of next-generation BlackBerry devices promising BlackBerry 6 OS all-round and a slew of enhancements. One of the is a replacement for the BlackBerry Torch, RIM’s first smart phone that combined both a physical QWERTY keyboard and a full touch screen.
A lot was riding on the BlackBerry Torch for RIM but at the end of the day it’s underpowered processor and some lacking functionality in the BlackBerry 6 OS meant that the Torch received less than flattering reviews all round.
Enter the BlackBerry Torch 2 featuring a faster processor, improved OS and a higher resolution screen. Boy Genius Report got their hands on a working unit of the device and have this to say:
This is really what the original Torch should have been; instead of an underpowered, under-spec’d handset, the Torch 2 really offers a great experience from what we have seen so far.
It looks like the earlier specs have pretty much remained the same including a 1.2GHz processor (original Torch 624Mhz, RAM stays the same at 512MB), more on-board storage (8GB compared to 4GB previously). You also get an updated screen that’s the same size (3.2 inches) but has a higher resolution at 640×480 pixel as opposed to the current 480×360 pixel screen.
So could this be the Torch that you’ve been waiting for? Official announcement is scheduled for May at BlackBerry World and market availability around Jun/July, so it won’t be a long wait to find out.
Hit up the source link for more pictures. We’re not too keen on the bright silver colour and the checkered back plate design though. The sleek black and gun-metal grey theme of the current Torch is more classy in our opinion.
More pictures here.
BlackBerry Malaysia has announced that the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and BlackBerry Curve 9300 now comes in 2 new colour options respectively. The BlackBerry Torch now comes in Red and White while the Curve 3G comes in Bright Chrome and Pink option.
It is mentioned that the new BlackBerry colours are available from carriers and authorised distributors in Malaysia. This means that the Red BlackBerry Torch is no longer exclusive to Celcom and should be available from DiGi, Maxis and phone dealers as well. Last week, Maxis was the first to announce the availability of the White BlackBerry Torch.
Head after the break to see all colour options.
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DiGi is doing a special promo on its DG Smart Plan with selected smart phones which they claim to be the world’s best. For this promo, your first 6 months subscription can be as low as RM23/month which is inclusive of the RM5 rebate if you sign up for the auto-billing.
Basically what you’ll get is RM40 rebate for the first 6 months of your subscription if you sign up for DG Smart Plan tied with a 24 months contract. This offer however is only applicable to HTC 7 Mozart, BlackBerry Bold 9780, BlackBerry Torch 9800 and HTC Desire HD.
After the 6 months, you will be charged RM63/month. The additional discounted rebates according to the T&C still apply. THis means if you plan to get 100% discount, you only need to spend RM22 on your voice calls, instead of the usual RM62.
For more info, head to DiGi’s promo page here.
Maxis now offers the BlackBerry Torch 9800 in white! Now this adds some uniqueness for those in the market to buy a torch. Earlier on Celcom, is giving away limited edition red coloured BlackBerry Torch for existing BlackBerry postpaid and prepaid customers.
The pricing and plans remain unchanged at RM2299 outright or as low as RM1288 over 24 months contract of BIS 90 with its CNY promo.
For more information, head to Maxis BlackBerry page here.
Celcom is doing something special this Chinese New Year by giving away a limited edition red colour BlackBerry Torch everyday from 20th January till 18th February 2011. That’s a total of 30 red colour BlackBerry Torches. This promotional giveaway is open to all Celcom Postpaid and Prepaid customers with a BlackBerry plan excluding corporate account customers.
According to the T&C, prepaid customers must be a subscriber for any Prepaid Blackberry daily plane. While Postpaid customers must be on either BlackBerry Basic, BlackBerry Lite, BlackBerry Pro, BlackBerry Advanced, BlackBerry Professional Lite or BlackBerry Professional plans.
For more information, visit Celcom’s Red BlackBerry Torch promo page.