Optus today announced pricing and availability for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphones in Australia.
The new smartphones, which run on the latest BlackBerry 7 OS and come with 1.2 GHz processors, will be available from 1 September via Optus' online and retail stores. Both models will come on a variety of Optus plans, with prices starting at $49 per month over 24 months (Blackberry Torch only).
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Torch 9860 attempt to appeal to consumers and business users alike, with entertainment apps, social networking features and a larger touch screen joining the usual suite of security and email services. The new models also come with 'Liquid Graphics', a patented technology that allegedly provides smoother and faster touch-based navigation.
Both smartphones come with BlackBerry Protect on board, which allows users to remotely lock, locate and wipe their device to ensure information isn't stolen. (Read on for more info on specs and pricing.)
BlackBerry Torch 9860
The successor to the Blackberry Torch 9800, the BlackBerry Torch 9860, was only announced yesterday. It is a full touch smartphone with a spacious 3.7 inch display; the biggest of any BlackBerry yet. In addition to RIM's usual software tools, highlights include a 5MP camera, GPS navigation and 720p HD video recording.
The BlackBerry Torch 9860 will be available on a range of pricing plans starting from $0 upfront on a $49 Optus Cap Plan over 24 months (minimum total cost $1176).
BlackBerry Bold 9900
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the more traditional-looking BlackBerry of the two. It boasts a QWERTY keyboard and a 2.8in touch screen. At just 10.5mm thick, it is currently the slimmest BlackBerry on the market, although several Android handsets are notable thinner, including the Samsung Galaxy S II.
It also comes with support for augmented reality, which overlays useful information on what the user sees through the phone's camera viewfinder. Like the Torch 9800, it comes with a 5MP camera and HD video recording, as well as 8GB of inbuilt memory.
The Blackberry Bold 9900 will also be available on a range of plans, including $0 upfront on a $79 Optus Cap or Timeless Plan (minimum total cost over 24 months $1896).
For more information on the new phones, including pricing plans, visit Optus' BlackBerry product page.