BlackBerry Torch 9800 gets official, doesn't surprise

BlackBerry Torch 9800 gets official, doesn't surprise
Come here if you're interested in seeing how our Live Coverage went off! Or here, for our hands-on with the Torch!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, the RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 has finally been announced, fulfilling the dream of those customers who wanted the best of both worlds – a multi-touch screen and RIM's renown QWERTY keyboard design.

The much-wanted device that has been making systematic appearances in our news column since quite some time (thumbs up for BlackBerry Mr. T!) will feature a 3.2-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 360x480 pixels (not exactly groundbreaking stuff), 624MHz processor, 512MB RAM, 5MP camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and quad-band 3G. You also didn't think you'd get away without the optical trackpad, did you? How sweet of RIM to include one, hehe... What?

The design of the BlackBerry Torch seems 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. In addition, it will shrink text automatically as you zoom in order to match your exact screen width. By the way, the company that RIM bought to develop the new WebKit browser was called Torch Mobile.

RIM's acclaimed messaging/email prowess will of course be 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. BB OS 6 will actually let you view all your social feeds in one page for a more organized view, and the same goes for your RSS feeds. Otherwise, the interface as a whole seems to have undergone some significant changes, most notably in terms of navigation, but it's still quite reminiscent of what BlackBerry OS used to be.

The RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be available on August 12 for $199.99 with a two-year contract with AT&T. Head this way for a demo of the new stuff that's in the BlackBerry Torch!

So, tell us, smartphone lovers – do you like what you see with the new BlackBerry Torch? Are you excited about it? Are you getting it? Hating it? Sound off in the comments!

RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 Specifications | Hands-on

source: BlackBerry


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15 Comments

1. GHOUSE

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

I'll be picking up the epic 4g.

2. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

im going to get this been waiting too long for this

3. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I personally like it and will stick with Blackberry but the specs seem underwhelming. I doubt it will stem the tide of those who are thinking of jumping ship to Android or iOS.

4. MarcMaiden

Posts: 25; Member since: Nov 24, 2009

The specs of the phone do not matter as much as most people think. As long as the software runs and fluid and seamless as they said, the processing power should not be an issue. Take the Sony Xperia android phone....It has top of the line hardware, including a snapdragon processor, but for some reason, the HTC Aria with much less power kills it in terms of performance. This is because HTC took the time to perfect the software more than the hardware. So as long as the software and UI work well, this phone will be a great device

5. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

lol..u want a sprint device...guess you cant tell if u got my webmail while I call you..you CANT do data/web at the sametime if you ever need to..vzw is going 4G which will give them this ability that has been a CDMA limitation for years

9. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

Omg who fucking cares i had 3gs and never used that now the droid x and i wont ever notice that i can't

14. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

@ jrocrow79 i guess u dont have sprint i have an evo 4G and guess what!!!!! i can make calls and be on the internet at the same time. yes i can do that on 4G but i guess u didnt know that because u dont have one...

6. SMB

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 02, 2010

$200 for this blackberry? Even while all of these other (better) phones with better specs are available for the same price? They're probably upping the price just because it is a "slider". Didn't Blackberry catch on to how lame the Pre was?

7. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

The Pre wasn't lame. It was a really good phone but just got completely surpassed by android.

13. Misanthropos

Posts: 56; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

The $100 million+ that VZW put towards advertising the Motorola Droid really overshadowed the Pre as well.

8. VZWbamf

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 11, 2009

Cool phone but nothing special as far as smartphones are concerned nowadays... The real story here should be about the new OS. It sounds like BB is adapting well to the changes in the market and smartphone users needs/wants. Looking forward to seeing more about OS 6.0!

10. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

I find this as the start of a new beginning for blackberry. Soon to find, they will be producing Droid X's, Evo's, and iPhone's lol

11. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Blackberry OS is no match to Android and iPhone it is very late and slow. I never touch it, if it is not Android or iPhone OS smartphone

12. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Yawn~ when is WP7 phone coming out?

15. Daryl209

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 27, 2010

Well...I'll bite the bullet and switch to AT&T for this phone....

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