RIM Officially Announces the BlackBerry Torch 9800

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Today, RIM officially launched the BlackBerry Torch 9800, the first slider form factor BlackBerry. The Torch features a capacitive touch screen, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and the new BlackBerry 6 OS, which includes a powerful WebKit browser.

Here is a quick walkthrough of the device’s features:

  • Brand new form factor – Touch/QWERTY combination smartphone
  • BlackBerry 6 – Featuring:
  • o Context-sensitive pop-up menus for more relevant options
    o A new WebKit browser for faster and more robust performance
    o Integrated social feeds including the ability to update multiple social networks from a single screen
    o Engaging multimedia experience
    o Universal Search to uncover results throughout your smartphone – from Contacts, Apps, data and the Web

  • Sleek design with a touch-sensitive trackpad located on the front face of the device
  • The first BlackBerry smartphone to include the new BlackBerry App World pre-installed, supporting carrier billing through AT&T, making it easier for customers to discover and purchase applications
  • 3.2″ 360 x 480 capacitive touch screen display
  • Vivid 5.0MP camera with flash, auto focus, image stabilization and geo-tagging
  • Support for 3G networks (HSDPA)
  • 512MB Flash memory, 4GB on?board memory, microSD/SDHC memory card slot (4GB card included, cards up to 32GB supported)
  • Built?in GPS and Wi?Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Network Support
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • HSPDA/UMTS: 800/850/1900/2100 MHz
  • Approximately 4.4” x 2.4” x 0.57” (closed), 5.8” x 2.4” x 0.57” (open)

The BlackBerry Torch will be available for AT&T customers on August 12th in retail stores, as well as online at www.att.com/blackberrytorch. The device will also be available at Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Radioshack. The Torch will cost $199.99 with a 2-year service agreement on a qualifying rate plan and a data plan is required.

  • Wes

    the whole reason people like blackberry is for the keyboard, why would someone want both a keyboard and a touch screen??? They just went backwards in technology!!

  • http://twitter.com/diaris Diaris (DIE-ARE-ISS)

    I'm excited. But definitely want this on T-mobile. (90 days?) I have an old/cheap BlackBerry plan that I want to keep! I also have a theme with a lot of home icons on my 8900 that would be so much stronger/ more effective with a touch screen.

  • http://seriousmobile.wordpress.com/ Prom1

    For some tasks, touching the screen (vs poking it like the Palm Pre/Treo) is faster & efficient; and other tasks the keyboard and TrackPad work better. For example zooming in pictures or camera/video view = touchscreen; while going through large folder tree-structure I'd say the TrackPad wins out (anything more than 5seconds).

    SO glad I'm back to BlackBerry after 2wks of iPhone 3GS. 3GS or IP4 are great devices but build quality over time of daily use gets a sense of being fragile.