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RIM's latest BlackBerry smartphone is coming August 12

Research in Motion is scheduled to have a press conference at 11:00am today to announce its new BlackBerry 9800 "Torch" smartphone, but launch partner AT&T has jumped the gun a bit. AT&T just launched its product page for the phone, so the cat is officially out of the bag.

The BlackBerry Torch is a "slider" phone with a full QWERTY keyboard (backlit) and optical trackpad. Naturally, the phone also sports a touchscreen dispel (3.2", 480x360), 5MP camera, GPS, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, 3G connectivity, 624MHz processor, 512MB/512MB (RAM/ROM), 4GB flash, and a 4GB microSD card.

The phone weighs 5.68 ounces and measures 4.4" (5.8" open) x 2.4" x .57". The Torch comes equipped with a 1300 mAh lithium battery, and as a result, GSM talk time is rated at 5.5 hours while standby time is rated at 17 days.

The BlackBerry Torch also has MediaSych functionality which will allow it to sync wireless to your home music library via Wi-Fi.

Most importantly, the Torch ships with RIM's BlackBerry 6 OS which incorporates an all-new web browser, "next generation" messaging system, integrate search right from the home screen, and a "feed application" to capture all of your Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace social networking updates.

“This is one of the most significant launches in RIM’s history and we are proud to introduce the new BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry 6 together with AT&T,” said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-ceo, Research In Motion. “With a new user interface, new browser and new handset design, the highly anticipated BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry 6 deliver integrated and uncompromising capabilities for consumers and business professionals that preserve the industry-leading strengths of the BlackBerry platform while adding exciting new dimensions.”

According to information AT&T just sent us, the phone will be priced at $199 with a two-year contract and $499 with no commitment. The Torch will be available to customers on August 12.

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Too little too late...
By StealthX32 on 8/3/2010 5:24:08 PM , Rating: -1
I've had 5 Blackberries in my time...

7100t, 8700g, 8100 Pearl, 8320 Curve, and an 8220 Pearl Flip.

As RIM added more features, each phone got slower, and slower, and slower... My last, the Pearl Flip, was downright unusable. I could type 10 characters before they'd show up on the screen.

RIM's Java-based OS is garbage. As long as they stick w/ Java (and tack more features on it), it's gonna get slower, and slower, and slower. Their hardware (more specifically processor) is so archaic for the type of processing their OS demands out of it, it's really REALLY poor performing. As long as RIM continues along this path of deviating from their core competency (which by market standards, is already obsolete), the worse this is becoming. This 624MHz processor is what, 3 years old now? It was designed to be paired with an OS that has 1/3 the functionality that is demanded out of it today.

So long RIM, hopefully someone will buy you up before you lose too much value. At least you still have some intellectual property to rest on...

RE: Too little too late...
By Chadder007 on 8/3/2010 10:51:30 PM , Rating: 3 least my Blackberry lasts nearly 3 days on battery. Can't say that for any Droid device.

RE: Too little too late...
By bodar on 8/4/2010 9:33:17 PM , Rating: 2
That's true. Larger screens eat more battery. I've just never understood this argument though. Do some businessmen stay awake for 3 days straight or wander into the wilderness where there are no chargers? Without doing anything special to conserve battery, I get a full day's worth of use out of my phone and leave it to charge overnight. If not, I have a USB cable at work and a car charger. What's the point of all this uptime on a phone with a tiny screen? When are you going to be using a phone for 24 hours straight?

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