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BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. introduced five new handsets that run on its new BlackBerry7 mobile OS, in a bid to regain ground against rivals like Apple Inc.

The new smartphones -- which include two BlackBerry Bold models and three new BlackBerry Torch devices, of which two feature full-touch screens -- are the first overhaul of the handsets in a year. The handsets are expected to become available to consumers worldwide in late August from carriers including Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile .

"This is the largest global launch of BlackBerry smartphones in our history," Mike Lazardis, RIM's president and co-CEO, said in a statement.

All five of the devices include an improved 1.2GHz processor, a high resolution display, 768MB of RAM/ up to 8GB of on-board memory and expanded up to 32GB, a 5MP camera with HD video recording, zoom and flash, as well as standard connectivity features of WiFiand GPS.

The highlights of all the five new BlackBerry devices include:

-- Improved browser with a faster, more fluid browsing experience. Tests showed that the new browser delivered results that were up to 40 percent faster than the browser on OS 6.

-- Other features include zooming and panning for smoother web navigation. The new browser will support HTML5 for gaming and video.

-- Liquid Graphics technology supports a higher resolution display and more responsive touch interface. Pixel resolution at 640x480 for the 9810 and 800x480 for the Bold and Torch compared to 450x360 on the previous Torch. This is equal to modestly below that of competitors of the Apple Inc.'siPhone (960x640), Motorola Droid 3 (960x540), and the HTC Thunderbolt and Samsung Charge (800x480).


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