Research in Motion (RIM) has unveiled the Blackberry Bold 9790 and Curve 9380, adding to seven other handsets running on its Blackberry 7 operating system (OS).
The Curve 9380 is the first Blackberry device to feature a touch-screen display, without a QWERTY keyboard. The two new handsets also include built-in support for near-field communications (NFC) and augmented reality technology.
Carlo Chiarello, senior vice president of handheld product management at RIM said, “Using the Wikitude augmented reality application, users can find nearby Blackberry Messenger contacts in real-time, read reviews on restaurants close to them, or get the story behind an interesting landmark and points of interest.
Along with using NFC to make mobile payments, Chiarello said NFC could be used to pair accessories or read smart-poster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone .
The two handsets add to several handsets running on Blackberry 7 OS released earlier in the year, including Curve 9350, Curve 9360 and Curve 9370, Bold 9930, Torch 9850, Torch 9860, Torch 9810 and Bold 9900.
Blackberry OS 7 includes voice-activated searching as well as support for HTML 5 in the web browser. RIM claims web browsing is up to 40% faster on OS 7 compared with smartphones running Blackberry 6.
RIM said the Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 will be available “over the coming weeks”.
Blackberry suffered a high-profile services outage in October 2011, which left users unable to access emails, instant messaging or browse the internet.