Research in Motion (RIM) has unveiled their new BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone which comes packing with both a full QWERTY slider keyboard and a full touchscreen display. RIM has made the BlackBerry Torch 9800 extra interesting as it is the first mobile phone from the company to run the BlackBerry 6.0 operating system.

The BlackBerry 6.0 OS features interface that will allow users to enjoy expanded messaging capabilities as well as to provide access to a couple of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, BlackBerry Messenger, and a lot more IM applications. Moreover, the BlackBerry OS also comes with a rich WebKit-based browser that caters HTML web pages quickly to enjoy great browsing experience.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Slider Phone

The handset also touts a handful of features such as Universal search which allows users to search through apps, emails, contacts, music, Internet, etc. There is also the universal inbox which apparently streams all your messages, emails, and RSS feeds, all which sounds like fun.

Specs of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 Phone

  • Dimensions: Approx 4.4″ x 2.4″ x 0.57″ when closed, 5.8″ x 2.4″ x 0.57″ when opened
  • Mass: Approximately 5.7 ounces
  • 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen @ 360×480 pixels
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB storage onboard
  • 4GB microSD/SDHC memory card slot included (enhance up to 32GB)
  • BlackBerry 6.0 operating system
  • 5MP camera with LED flash, autofocus, face detection, and geo-tagging capabilities
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 3G at 384Kbps
  • GPS w/ a-GPS support
  • 1300mAh Li-Ion battery promising up to 5.5 hours of talk time

The release date of BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be this August 12 and will be available to AT&T customers at a price of $199 with a two-year contract. No further information yet as to when the device will be shipped in other regions. For now, watch the introduction video of the BlackBerry Torch 9800.

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