RIM has unveiled the Blackberry Torch, a touch-screen handset that the company hopes will help it compete with Android and iPhone devices.
The smartphone, also known as the Torch 9800, is the first RIM device to run Blackberry OS6, the latest version of the Blackberry operating system. It's also the first Blackberry to sport a slide-out keyboard, with a similar look to the Palm Pre.
The Torch features a WebKit-based browser with multi-touch support, while a universal inbox brings in content from Facebook, Twitter and email into one place. New features also include an auto wrap text zoom, which intelligently wraps text in a column. The new OS also brings a universal search feature, and threaded messaging to Blackberry Messenger.
Hardware wise it offers a 3.2in 480 x 360 display, a 624Mhz processor, and 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage, though there is a microSD card slot. The Torch is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with a built-in flash. The camera use geo-tagging to automatically name pictures with the name of the city it was taken in.
Other highlights include a two-fingered double-tap feature to select multiple pictures as one, a wireless sync for music and a dedicated podcast application.
At the joint launch event between RIM and launch partner AT&T in the US, AT&T president Ralph de la Vega described it as, “the best Blackberry device ever”. Meanwhile RIM president Mike Lazaridis referred to the device as, “one of the most important product introductions in our history”.
As you would expect it's exclusive to the AT&T in the US and will be available for $199.99 on a 2-year contract. We’ll bring you UK carrier details as soon as we have them.
Has RIM finally got a touch-screen device that can truly compete in the smartphone world? Is the addition of a keyboard a killer feature? Let us know what you think.
Link: Blackberry US website