The new BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 ($TBA) won’t cause Android and iPhone users to defect in droves. The new handset is a welcomed improvement, though, for RIM loyalists in search of an upgrade from the aging Storm I and II. Its 3.7-inch, 800 x 480 traditional touch screen is the biggest ever on a BlackBerry, making the handset the most media-friendly option from RIM to date — especially when paired with the new OS7 which is only compatible with the company’s latest batch of phones. Other specs like 768 MB of ram, 4GB of storage (expandable up to 32GB), and a 5MP camera capable of recording 720p video are pretty much par for the middle tier smartphone course today. RIM has shared that versions will be launched for both CDMA and HSPA, but mum’s the word on actual pricing and release dates. If that information, along with the fact that OS 7 is separate from the PlayBook’s QNX operating system leaves you befuddled about the cell phone maker’s future, you’re not alone. But hey, at least they’ve killed off SurePress, right?

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