Research in Motion (RIM) officially introduces the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone for AT&T, which is the first slider Blackberry phone and the first to run the newest BlackBerry 6 OS. The phone is also the first to combine a BlackBerry keyboard with a full touch screen experience.
The BlackBerry 9800 features a 3.2-inch 360×480 capacitive touchscreen display, a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard with backlit, an optical trackpad for smooth navigation, a 5 Megapixel camera with flash, image stabilization and video recording, built-in GPS, WiFi connectivity and 3.5mm headset jack. This Blackberry Torch slider is boosted by a 624MHz processor with 512MB RAM and 512MB flash memory. It has 4GB onboard memory and supports microSD/SDHC up to 32GB.
With the new BlackBerry 6 OS, the Torch 9800 gets a redesigned interface, integrated access to the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, enhanced multimedia experience and a new and rich WebKit-based browser. The phone supports tri-band 3G/HSDPA and quad-band GSM networks. It comes with a removable, rechargeable 1300 mAhr battery that provides approximately 5.8 hours of talk time on 3G networks or 30 hours of audio playback or 6 hours of video playback.
The BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone will be available on 12 August from AT&T for for $199.99 with 2-year service agreement.