Two of the phones are part of the company’s BlackBerry Bold line, as well as three revamped versions of the BlackBerry Torch.
The Bold 9900 and 9930 will feature a touchscreen display, traditional BlackBerry keyboard and built-in support for Near Field Communications (NFC), which could open the door for options such as mobile payments.
The BlackBerry Torch 9810 will feature a larger touch display and slide-out keyboard, while the 9850 and 9860 models sport slightly bigger screens powered by Liquid Graphics technology.
All five devices will run RIM’s new BlackBerry 7 operating system, which will offer an improved browser, voice-activated searches and a host of personal and productivity apps.
Wireless carrier AT&T will launch the Torch 9860 in August, while the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9810 will debut later this year. All three smartphones will run on AT&T’s 4G network.
The next wave of BlackBerrys represents RIM’s latest attempt to reverse its downward turn in the smartphone market. Once the dominant device, the BlackBerry has quickly been overshadowed by Apple and its iPhone as well as the rising army of Google Android smartphones.
Last week, RIM announced it was cutting 2,000 jobs and shuffling senior executives.
by: Brett Molina, USA TODAY