RIM removes the veil on BlackBerry 6 and the new BlackBerry Torch

RIM removes the veil on BlackBerry 6 and the new BlackBerry Torch

Summary: Research in Motion officially launched its new BlackBerry 6 software platform and its new smartphone, the BlackBerry Torch, on Tuesday in New York City.

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On Tuesday in New York City, Research in Motion officially launched its new smartphone hardware, the BlackBerry Torch 9800, along with the BlackBerry 6 software platform.

The new BlackBerry OS has been widely anticipated as the North American smartphone leader tries to catch up with the innovations that Apple and Google have brought to the smartphone market in the past three years.

The BlackBerry 6 software looks and feels a lot more like iPhone and Android, but the first BlackBerry 6 device, the BlackBerry Torch 9800, features a slide-down version of the traditional BlackBerry keyboard. Below are more details on the new device and the OS upgrade.

BlackBerry Torch

AT&T CEO opened the event in New York by saying, "Today AT&T and RIM are introducing the best BlackBerry ever."

RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis described the Torch as "Fresh and exciting, and also familiar."

Here are the official specs of the Torch:

  • Carrier: AT&T
  • Launch date: August 12, 2010
  • Price: $199
  • BlackBerry 6 operating system
  • Hardware qwerty keyboard (slide-down)
  • 3.2 inch 480 x 360 screen
  • 512 MB SDRAM
  • 4 GB eMMC + 4 GB media card (expandable to 32 GB)
  • 5 MP camera, autofocus, flash, video recording
  • 1300 mAh battery
  • Weight: 161g
  • Dimensions: 111(h) x 62(w) x 14.6(d) mm

BlackBerry 6

Lazaridis said, "BlackBerry users will find BlackBerry 6 fresh but familiar. We spent a lot of time on the details."

Here's what's included in the new BlackBerry operating system:

  • Full multitouch interface
  • Faster Webkit browser
  • Universal inbox, including Facebook, Twitter, and BlackBerry Messenger
  • Redesigned home screen
  • Universal search
  • Context-sensitive menus
  • Social tools
  • Content sync over Wi-Fi
  • Homescreen notification previews
  • Will run older (pre-6) BlackBerry apps
  • BlackBerry Bold (9650 and 9700) and Pearl 3G will be upgradeable to BlackBerry 6

Topics: BlackBerry, Hardware, Mobility

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  • RE: RIM removes the veil on BlackBerry 6 and the new BlackBerry Torch

    will Bb6 allow us to place apps on the SD card to save memory in the phone?
    JeffMiller79
    • RE: RIM removes the veil on BlackBerry 6 and the new BlackBerry Torch

      @JeffMiller79 <br><br>I've never understood this request for placing apps on SD cards. Why not request for higher internal memory instead (say 16 - 32 gb). That way you don't have to worry about running out of space all the time, like Android users do.
      dave95.
      • RE: RIM removes the veil on BlackBerry 6 and the new BlackBerry Torch

        @dave95. For me, it is about swapping SD cards. With internal memory only, you may have to decide you have to start deleting things you may want or you have to create separate sync files or some other memory management strategy. With SD cards you can create cards with custom "suites" of apps you would want to use and swap out on the go as needed.

        Right now mobile apps might fit in 32GB of space if you can afford a phone with that much memory. But mobile apps plus mobile data is only going to get bigger in size and internal memory doesn't scale. With an SD card, when you run out of memory, you just have to buy a new card and you can keep the old card.

        Again, right now most people can probably fit their mobile data on a 32 GB phone and there are 64 GB phones available, but I don't want to buy a new phone when my memory usage starts to balloon.

        Many companies are also starting to think about mobile video. Smartphones as mobile video players would be tremendous memory hogs. If you can store your apps and data on SD cards, you can simply swap in what you want.
        mr1972
  • RE: RIM removes the veil on BlackBerry 6 and the new BlackBerry Torch

    Is OS6 available on Storm 9530 (v1)? What about the apps on OS6? Does it allow Apps to be saved on to the MicroSD card?
    pramamohan
  • When is it available on a REAL service in the US?

    Sprint or Verizon? When? No one cares about AT&T..
    condelirios
  • RE: RIM removes the veil on BlackBerry 6 and the new BlackBerry Torch

    Too bad it only has b/g/n wi-fi. I only use a-band at home.
    ncted
  • Ha, ha, ha, ha!

    Sprint, Verizon? Do they work in the rest of the world? .... or do you have to get a "world phone" with the AT&T logo removed?
    kd5auq
  • So has anyone noticed the retro pointer arrow in the videos?

    Is this some type of feature on BlackBerry, a big mouse pointer arrow on a suppose multi-touch screen? Not sure why it's needed. Think Rim still have ways to go.

    <i>"Lazaridis said, ?BlackBerry users will find BlackBerry 6 fresh but familiar. We spent a lot of time on the details.?</i>

    This BlackBerry 6 is Windows Mobile 6.5.x. before WP7. It still looks dated. What they need is to take a chance with a fresh clean start like WP7.
    dave95.
  • Is it me, or does it look like a typical Blackberry phone ....

    .... TINY SCREEN, barely any memory and a ridiculously small keyboard.

    Can't they get that today's user need a screen big enough to see more than two lines of text and a keys big enough to (at least) use the index finger instead of a pinky to type??
    wackoae
  • RE: RIM removes the veil on BlackBerry 6 and the new BlackBerry Torch

    For $200 im getting an iPhone or Android. Their email capabilities are primitive at best. Somehow I do not think a new operating system going to fix years of neglect. Now sell it for $50 then maybe. As it is I'm ready to throw my Blackbery Curve into the trash.
    krismartin56