3 Hong Kong and RIM Launch the BlackBerry Torch 9860 Smartphone in Hong Kong
Hong Kong - 3 Hong Kong, the mobile operation of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited (HTHKH, SEHK: 215), and Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that the new BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860 smartphone, the first all-touch BlackBerry® smartphone featuring the new BlackBerry® 7 operating system, will be available tomorrow.
With a spectacular 3.7” all touch display, the largest ever on a BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone is optimized for displaying web pages, photos and videos, as well as delivering powerful gaming experiences. It also delivers the highly refined, real-time communications and collaboration experience loved by millions of BlackBerry smartphone users around the world.
3 Hong Kong will offer the BlackBerry Torch 9860 at zero pricing if customers subscribe to its HK$398 monthly service plan* which includes 1,000 voice minutes, unlimited data usage and unlimited access to the Wi-Fi services. The BlackBerry Torch 9860 handset is also available at a standalone price of HK$4,888 from 3 Hong Kong. The first, 1,000 customers will receive a GelaSkin from 3 Hong Kong for free.
“We were the first operator in Asia to launch the BlackBerry service in Hong Kong in 2002 and started the trend of wireless email. As one of the largest telecom operators in Hong Kong, we strive to provide the best devices and services to our customers and we are excited to partner with RIM and be the first carrier in Hong Kong to bring the BlackBerry Torch 9860 to our customers,” said Amy Lung, Chief Operating Officer (Mobile) of HTHKH. “By combining this innovative smartphone with our highly competitive service plans, we have created yet another winning combination, which we are sure will delight our customers.”
Urpo Karjalainen, Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific at Research In Motion commented, “We are very excited to be bringing another BlackBerry 7 smartphone to Hong Kong together with 3 Hong Kong. This time, we are introducing an all new touch experience with the BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone, which allows customers to stay connected, informed and entertained while on the go. Customer will be thrilled by this refined, all-touch smartphone, which delivers a smooth user experience with faster browsing and richer multimedia.”
The BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone runs the new BlackBerry 7 operating system (OS). BlackBerry 7 provides users with a fast, fluid and intuitive experience, featuring a next generation BlackBerry browser, voice-activated searches, the ability to manage personal content separately from corporate content, as well as additional personal and productivity apps out of the box.
The next generation BlackBerry browser combines the dramatically improved performance of the advanced WebKit browser engine together with the powerful hardware enhancements found in the new BlackBerry Torch 9860 to deliver browsing results that are up to 40% faster than BlackBerry® 6 based smartphones and up to twice as fast as models running BlackBerry® 5**. Additional enhancements to the browser have also optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences.
The new BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone also features Liquid Graphics™ technology, which combines a dedicated high-performance graphics processor with a blazingly fast CPU and stunning high resolution display to deliver a highly responsive touch interface with incredibly fast and smooth graphics.
In addition, the BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone comes with the newest release of BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) which now extends the real time BBM experience to a range of other apps. These ‘BBM connected’ apps can integrate the popular functionality of the BBM service and offer users the ability to interact with their friends from within the app itself. Advanced sensors in the new BlackBerry Torch 9860 enable new augmented reality applications such as Wikitude that can be seamlessly integrated with BBM 6, allowing users to interact with their BBM contacts and discover new BBM users around them.
Key features and specifications of the new BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone include:
• 120 x 62 x 11.5 mm, approximately 135 g
• 3.7" high-resolution (800x480 WVGA) capacitive touch screen (253 ppi)
• 1.2 GHz processor, Liquid Graphics technology and 768 MB RAM
• 4 GB on-board memory, plus microSD slot supporting up to 32 GB cards
• 5.0 MP camera, supports 720p HD video recording
• Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), Digital Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity Sensor
• Built-in GPS
• Wi-Fi® - 802.11 b/g/n
• Bluetooth® 2.1
• Wireless Network support: Tri-Band HSPA+, Quad-Band GSM/EDGE
• 1230 mAh, removable, rechargeable battery
• BlackBerry 7 OS
For more information on BlackBerry products, pricing and service plans through 3 Hong Kong, please visit www.three.com.hk.
For additional information on the BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone, please visit hk.blackberry.com/torch9860.