RIM announces BlackBerry Torch 9800 for AT&T with QWERTY and touchscreen

Summary:RIM just announced their latest device that combines the best of their QWERTY keyboard history with a capacitive touchscreen experience in the Torch 9800. AT&T customers can pick one up for $200 next week.

I don't write about RIM products here as much as I probably should, primarily because I don't own one since my SIM has to be provisioned for it. However, with today's announcement of the RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 I may have found a BlackBerry device for me to purchase when it comes to T-Mobile. Starting next week, 12 August, lucky AT&T customers will be able to purchase the new Torch 9800 for $199.99 with 2-year service plan. The BB Torch 9800 brings the best of the QWERTY world and touch world together in one device that also runs the latest BlackBerry 6 operating system. I will try to get a review unit soon so I can post my experiences with it here for you all to read about.

The key specifications of the Torch 9800 include:

  • Slide down QWERTY keyboard (reminds me of my old HTC MDA II Pocket PC Phone device)
  • 3.2 inch 360x480 capacitive touch display
  • RIM BlackBerry 6 operating system
  • 5 megapixel camera with flash
  • 512MB Flash memory, 4GB integrated memory, and microSD card slot
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth and GPS

The new BB 6 OS includes a new WebKit-based browser, universal search, context-sensitive pop-up menus, and much more. I imagine we will see this roll out soon on other carriers and I may just be adding a BlackBerry device to my collection when T-Mobile gets one.

Are you excited about this new BlackBerry device?

Topics: Mobility, BlackBerry, Hardware


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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