AT&T and RIM have just taken the wraps off the BlackBerry Torch 9800, which will be the first in this popular line of smartphones to offer a Touchscreen and a sliding keyboard. It is also going to be the first with BlackBerry OS 6.0.
The design for the Torch 9800 starts with a 3.2-inch 360×480 capacitive touchscreen. Below this is an optical trackpad and the usual set of control buttons. Behind this will sit a portrait-oriented sliding keyboard with 35 keys.
BlackBerry OS 6.0
What’s really going to set this device apart is its operating system: this is going to be the debut of BlackBerry OS 6.0.
This new version is going to bring really significant changes, making devices running it more competitive against Apple’s iPhone and smartphones running Google’s Android OS.
An updated user interface will be more functional and more fingertip friendly for Touchscreen devices like the Torch.
In addition, it will include a much enhanced web browser that’s faster and includes support for more of the latest standards.
The Torch 9800 is going to run this OS on a 624 MHz processor with 512 MB Flash memory.
Additional Hardware Details
RIM’s next smartphone will include 4 GB of built-in storage plus a microSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB cards — a 4 GB card is included giving users 8 GB of storage out-of-the-box.
Naturally, this smartphone will support AT&T’s voice and 3G network, and it will also include Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.
The Torch 9800 is also going to have a 5 megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus, image stabilization, and geo-tagging. This will be able to record video video at up to 640×480.
Other features will include a 1300 mAhr battery and a 3.5 mm headset jack.
Overall, this device is going to be 5.8 inches tall with the slider open or 4.4-inches with it closed, 2.4 inches wide, and .6 inches thick. It will weigh 5.7 ounces.
Pricing and Availability
The BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be available on August 12 in AT&T retail stores and online at www.att.com/blackberrytorch. It will also be sold at Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Radio Shack stores.
It is going to sell for $200 with a 2-year qualifying service plan.