At a press conference in downtown Manhattan on Tuesday, executives from AT&T and Research In Motion, makers of the BlackBerry line of smartphones, introduced the BlackBerry Torch, the company’s first phone with both a touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard.
The Torch will sport RIM’s BlackBerry 6 mobile operating system which includes a beefed-up mobile Web browser and what is being touted as RIM’s “next generation” messaging system. The new BlackBerry OS also integrate support for Twitter and Facebook and other social networking feeds. The new BlackBerry 6 OS includes MediaSych functionality, supporting wireless syncing to a music library via Wi-Fi.
The BlackBerry Torch features a QWERTY keyboard and optical trackpad in a slider style phone body. The Torch has a 3.2-inch (480×360) touchscreen, 5MP camera, and has over 1GB of combined RAM/ROM storage, 4GB memory, and sports 4GB microSD card. As for connectivity the Torch supports 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G connectivity.
The Torch weighs in at 161 grams, is 111 x 62 x 14.6 mm large, comes equipped with a 1300 mAh lithium battery. The GSM talk time is rated at 5.5 hours and standby time is 17 days.
AT&T will offer the Torch 9800 for $199.99(Check out new prices and buy it from Amazon)