BlackBerry Bold 9790, Curve 9380 launch on MTN

MTN and Research In Motion (RIM) have launched the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones in South Africa.

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is the latest edition to the Bold line of smartphones. It features a hardware keyboard; touch screen display; Near Field Communications (NFC) technology; and the BlackBerry 7 operating system.

The Curve 9380, meanwhile, is the first touch screen-only device in the BlackBerry Curve lineup. The 9380 also features BlackBerry 7 OS and a 5 megapixel camera with flash and video recording.

Both devices are currently available, though neither RIM nor MTN provided pricing details with the announcement of the smartphones.

Read the full press release below:

MTN and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced availability of the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones for MTN customers in South Africa.

The new smartphones offer impressively slim and stylish designs with enhanced communications, multimedia, productivity and social connectivity features. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is both powerful and compact, offering users a fully loaded, high performance smartphone with the dual benefits of a high resolution touch display and a highly tactile keyboard. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first-ever BlackBerry Curve smartphone with a touch display. It continues to deliver the powerful social experiences, ease-of-use and smaller handset size that distinguish the BlackBerry Curve family, while also offering Curve users the choice of a larger display and an all-touch design. Both smartphones are also powered by the new BlackBerry 7 operating system (OS).

“We are excited to expand our BlackBerry 7 portfolio with the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones,” said Mike Fairon, GM – Product Services and Innovation, MTNSA. “Our customers will enjoy the faster performance, brilliant touch displays and compact designs available with these two new BlackBerry smartphones.”

“With stunning graphics, amazing multimedia, faster Web browsing and cutting-edge technologies such as Near Field Communications and support for Augmented Reality, we believe these new BlackBerry 7 smartphones take the user experience to a new level,” said Rui Brites, Director of Product Management for Africa at RIM.

BlackBerry Bold 9790 with Touch Display and Keyboard

True to the BlackBerry Bold brand, the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone is powerful, full-featured and built with premium materials and finishes. It combines a high-resolution and highly responsive touch display with a highly tactile keyboard and a precise optical trackpad, but comes in a narrow design that is easy to carry and exceptionally comfortable to hold. With the BlackBerry 7 OS and powerful 1 GHz processor, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 delivers fast, smooth performance for browsing the web, running apps, working with documents, and enjoying multimedia. It includes 8GB of onboard memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB of additional storage.

All-Touch BlackBerry Curve 9380

The finely crafted BlackBerry Curve 9380 offers a full touch screen experience and is the first touch screen smartphone in the BlackBerry Curve family. It features a highly responsive and brilliant 3.2” high resolution display and comes with preinstalled social networking apps, including BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), Facebook, Twitter and Social Feeds, that offer a fun, easy and smoothly integrated mobile experience. This compact and stylish handset also features a 5MP camera with flash and video recording, allowing users to easily capture and share their favourite moments with family, friends and colleagues.

Powerful BlackBerry 7 OS

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 are both powered by the new BlackBerry 7 OS, which delivers a faster and richer user experience with improved browsing, voice-activated searches, and support for Augmented Reality and NFC (Near Field Communications). BlackBerry 7 also supports the ability to manage personal content separately from corporate content, and comes with a variety of personal and productivity apps out of the box.

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