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BlackBerry Torch 9800

Aug 3, 2010
Market status
Release date
Aug 12, 2010

US carrier availability

Discontinued: AT&T


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  • Low pixel density screen (188 ppi)
  • Too little RAM memory (512 MB RAM)
  • Low resolution display (360 x 480 pixels)
  • Low-resolution camera (5 megapixels)
  • Low-resolution video capture
  • No front-facing camera




RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 is a phone for all those customers who wanted something of both worlds – a multi-touch screen and RIM's renown QWERTY keyboard design. The device will feature a 3.2-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 360x480 pixels (not exactly groundbreaking stuff), 512MB RAM, 5MP camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and quad-band 3G. The design and hardware of the BlackBerry Torch seem great for the most part, but equally impressive should be the software that will be employed in the new smartphone. First before most we should mention the brand new web browser that will support tabs and pinch-to-zoom. RIM's acclaimed messaging/email prowess are of course present, along with much improved social networking and multimedia capabilities, which will all be part of the new BlackBerry 6 operating system that will be powering the Torch.

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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • BlackBerry (6.0.x)
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.37 x 2.44 x 0.57 inches (111 x 62 x 14.6 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 5.68 oz (161 g)
      the average is 5.2 oz (150 g)


  • Physical size:
    • 3.2 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 360 x 480 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 188 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 46.10 %
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor


  • Camera:
      • 5 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Features:
      • Autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Geo tagging
  • Camcorder:
      • 640x480 (VGA) (24 fps)
    • Features:
      • Video sharing


  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • 624 MHz
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 512 MB RAM / 512 MB ROM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 4 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB


  • Talk time:
    • 5.50 hours
      the average is 15 h (884 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 17.0 days (408 hours)
      the average is 18 days (425 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 5.80 hours
      the average is 15 h (913 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 9.2 days (221 hours)
      the average is 24 days (580 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 30.00 hours
  • Video playback:
    • 6.00 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 1300 mAh


  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Built-in online services support:
    • Facebook, MySpace, Twitter


  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA 3.6 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • A-GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
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  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
  • Other:
    • UMA (Wi-Fi Calling), Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Service lights, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones (32 voices), Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Hearing aid compatibility:
      • M3, T3
    • Voice recording


  • Officially announced:
    • 03 Aug 2010

Shopping information

  • MSRP price:
    • $ 200

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This device is also known as BlackBerry Bold Slider

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