After months of teasing and careful planning, RIM finally reveal the phone that will house their latest BlackBerry OS at an even in New York Tuesday morning. The BlackBerry Torch will be the first smartphone to be using the latest BlackBerry 6.0 OS.
The new OS feature a faster WebKit-based browser and an Social network hub to easily access popular social networking sites like Facebook®, Twitter™, MySpace™, it also features native native BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™), AOL® Instant Messenger™, Google Talk™, Windows Live™ Messenger and Yahoo!® Messenger. It also has a intuitive UI for easy navigation. It also has multiple views for to organize your applications and files. It also has a HOME screen and 5 customizable views (All, Favorites, Media, Downloads and Frequent) that you can access with a quick swipe.
BlackBerry 6.0 be on the new BlackBerry Torch smartphone and like iphone, it is only available from AT&T; on August 12. Owner of BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 and BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G, can also upgrade their BlackBerry to the latest BlackBerry OS 6.0.
While the new BlackBerry Torch (9800) as expected sports a touch screen UI with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a significant change from the full QWERTY keyboard of Blackberry.
Here are the notable feature of the new BlackBerry Torch (9800).
Display: 3.2″ Hi-Res 480×360 pixel color display with slide-out QWERTY keyboard and optical trackpad
Web: Full HTML tabbed browser
Network: UMTS: 2100/1900/850/800 MHz (Bands 1,2,5/6) GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and AT&T; Hot Spots, 3G
Camera: 5 MP (2x digital zoom) with flash camera, (640×480) video recording
Memory : 512 MB Internal, 4 GB media card included expandable to 32 GB via microSD
Dimension: 111 x 62 x 14.6 mm (H x W x D)
Weight: 161.1 g
Battery: 1300 mAHr Lithium cell
5.5 hrs of Talktime on GSM and 5.8 hrs on UMTS
Standby talk time of 17 days on GSM and 13 days on UMTS.
This will be the first time that Blackberry will be releasing a touch enabled phone and entering a market that is heavily dominated by Apple and Android OS. But if they can deliver what they are saying and what the video is showing is true, then they are in the right direction. Plus with the additional of BlackBerry Torch (9800), Blackberry is expected to solidify its smartphone line up together with their previously released BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 and BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G.
Image from blackberry.com and PR Link: RIM Unleashes BlackBerry 6
Last modified: August 3, 2010