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

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.

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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, Hardware, BlackBerry, AT&T

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  • Sounds like playing catchup to Androids and iPhones again

    I never could use those tiny little keys.
    dheady@...
    • RE: RIM announces BlackBerry Torch 9800 for AT&T with QWERTY and touchscreen

      @dheady@... i dnt think its called playing catch up..rim has the largest smartphone market in the us 2date..I think they're just extending the lead with this product
      branbran07
  • RE: RIM announces BlackBerry Torch 9800 for AT&T with QWERTY and touchscreen

    I'm interested in seeing one in person. I'm currently in the market for a new one. Plus with the new one coming out the prices of the existing ones may come down more.
    BubbaGee
  • RE: RIM announces BlackBerry Torch 9800 for AT&T with QWERTY and touchscreen

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    mmarquis
  • RIM - New Blackberry Torch - Just In Time

    Thx for you blogs Matthew. I always read them. I'm an old time Blackberry user, shocking friends with my old 8703e. I've been researching Androids but I love the qwerty keyboard style with firm keys so I'm holding off for a better Blackberry, or the Droid X, whichever proves as best. I look forward to your test results.
    filmcoproducer
  • RE: RIM announces BlackBerry Torch 9800 for AT&T with QWERTY and touchscreen

    I wonder if it is possible to disable the touch screen? I like the slider design for the larger screen, but the touchpad is still there, so, other than pinch/zoom type of functionality, I see no reason why it is strictly necessary to use the touchscreen.
    ncted
  • RE: RIM announces BlackBerry Torch 9800 for AT&T with QWERTY and touchscreen

    I am a long time Blackberry user and would love to get into the touch screen capabilities of the new Blackberrys. But I cant use the small QWERTY keypad and love the 1/2 QWERTY Pearl style. Now a Pearl with a touch screen would be a winner for me!
    Don Petersen
  • RE: RIM announces BlackBerry Torch 9800 for AT&T with QWERTY and touchscreen

    Will RIM be rolling out the Torch to other carriers???
    c-bob
  • RE: RIM announces BlackBerry Torch 9800 for AT&T with QWERTY and touchscreen

    It would be cool if VZW got a version of this... I'd likely get it even though I already bought the new Curve a few months ago...
    athynz