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In pictures: Check out the new BlackBerry touchscreen smartphones

Five new BlackBerry devices have been launched today, one of which is a touchscreen-only smartphone to rival the iPhone and Android models.

The new BlackBerry Torch 9860
The new BlackBerry Torch 9860
Image: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

THE MAKER OF the BlackBerry has unveiled five new devices, including three touchscreen smartphones.

Research in Motion (RIM) has launched one phone which operates by touch only- the BlackBerry Torch, while two further devices feature a combination of touchscreen and QWERTY keyboards.

The Guardian reports that the phones will run on the new BlackBerry 7 operating system. The further two devices launched today are simply different versions of the new smartphones. According to Reuters it’s claimed that the new OS will make internet browsing up to 40 per cent faster.

RIM hopes to revive BlackBerry’s dwindling appeal in the face of competition from the iPhone and Android smartphones.

The new phones had been expected earlier this year, but were delayed. Earlier this month RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie said that the new products would incorporate technology that ‘jumps a generation’.

In pictures: Check out the new BlackBerry touchscreen smartphones
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  • New BlackBerry smartphones

    L to R: BlackBerry Bold, BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860, BlackBerry Torch 9810. Image: http://us.blackberry.com/
  • BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930

    These devices combine the QWERTY keyboard with a touchscreen display. Image: http://us.blackberry.com/
  • BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860

    This is an all-touchscreen device with a 5MP camera and a 3.7 inch display. Image: http://us.blackberry.com/
  • BlackBerry Torch 9810

    This BlackBerry features both a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, and a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Image: http://us.blackberry.com/
  • BlackBerry 7 smartphones launch

    The new BlackBerry Torch 9860 at the global launch of Research In Motion's BlackBerry 7 smartphones, at the Soho Hotel in London. Image: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
  • BlackBerry 7 smartphones launch

    The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 at the global launch of Research In Motion's BlackBerry 7 smartphones. Image: Matt Crossick/PA

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- Additional reporting by AP

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