RIM Introduces BlackBerry Torch For AT&T

RIM hasn't done the best job keep this one a complete secret, but it's still a shock to most who don't follow each and every move of the BlackBerry maker. Today at a press event in NYC, AT&T and RIM jointly announced the next BlackBerry device, which will be the first to launch with BlackBerry OS 6. No, it's not a BlackPad tablet, but an actual phone: the Torch.

This phone has also been known as the BlackBerry 9800, and it's yet another unique design from RIM. Rather than sticking with the traditional, and rather than going back to the Storm design that was near-universally disliked, the company has split the difference on the Torch. It looks like a Storm from the front, but a pull-down QWERTY keypad provides the physical keys that BlackBerry loyalists love so dearly.

As for specifications? The phone has 802.11n Wi-Fi, a 3.2" display, 4GB microSD card, 4GB of internal storage 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, a 480x360 touch panel and a Media Sync feature that will enable your media to sync wirelessly. This also marks the first BlackBerry with both a touch screen and a physical keyboard, which should please both sides of the audience. Of course, having BlackBerry OS 6 onboard is another boon, particularly for those who felt that the existing OS was getting a bit aged compared to iOS 4 and Android 2.2.

This phone is still a business phone at heart, but the mixture of touch and physical keyboard may persuade some average consumers to give RIM another look. We're still waiting for an exact price and release date.

Via:  RIM
animatortom 4 years ago

So, how much do phones cost in the Matrix:P

acarzt 4 years ago

I really need to get a higher paying job so I can have more toys lol

I sure wouldn't mind picking one of these up.... or any new phone for that matter lol

animatortom 4 years ago

Or you could just follow in your freinds footsteps and crush your jewels,.....Then you will have some BlackBerriesDevil

Inspector 4 years ago

I like that they still have the physical keyboard. A touch screen keyboard gets on my nerves sometime!

animatortom 4 years ago

Hah Inspector,...If you remember the first brick phones!

You would be thankfull for that silly keyboard and think it is the greatest thing since electricity:P

digitaldd 4 years ago

Looks like a replacement for the Blackberry pearl with that cramped keyboard. Also I wish the screen were higher resolution than 360x480. other than that it seems solid.

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