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BlackBerry Torch Is The Name Of The New Slider

by Sean P. Aune | August 3, 2010August 3, 2010 9:59 am PST

Research In Motion (RIM) is having a big shindig in New York City today for the launch of a “mysterious” new product, but AT&T jumped the gun by posting the information of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 a wee bit early. Can you imagine the firestorm that would happen if this ever happened with an iPhone? Yikes.

The new BlackBerry Torch is the newest entry in the BlackBerry line from RIM, and from the sounds of it, the company crammed everything but the kitchen sink into it. It’s also got a bit of a new look to it, merging the more classic BlackBerry look with a slider effect.  With the keyboard in it definitely has that form we’re used to, but with the keyboard out it is looking a bit odd.

BlackBerry Torch

It isn’t exactly “ugly”, per se, but it is going to take some getting used to.

BlackBerry TorchAs for the tech specs, let the craziness begin!

  • BlackBerry OS 6
  • Optical trackpad
  • 480 x 360 touchscreen display, 3.2-inches
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • 4 GB built-in memory
  • Micro SD card slot
  • 512 MB RAM and ROM
  • Quadband 3G network support
  • Simultaneous voice and data
  • Email and text messaging
  • BlackBerry Messenger
  • Instant Messaging
  • Phone (don’t you love how RIM actually listed this as “a feature”?)
  • Browser
  • Social feeds
  • 5 MP autofocus flash camera with video and scenes
  • Wi-Fi 802.11n
  • Wi-Fi Wireless Synching
  • Media Player
  • Video format support: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV3
  • Audio format support: MP3, AMR-NB, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMV, Flac, Ogg Vorbis
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • GPS
  • Organizer
  • Tethered modem
  • Talk Time GSM: 5.5 hrs UMTS: 5.8 hrs
  • Standby talk time GSM: 17 days UMTS: 13 days

We’ll have a roundup post later today from the person we have on site for the event.

What say you?  Any thoughts on the BlackBerry Torch?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...