The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is a crazy-thin touchscreen slider BlackBerry running Waterloo’s latest and greatest software, the revamped BlackBerry OS 6. It has a touchscreen and a full keyboard. It’s on AT&T, and it will cost $199 with a two year contract when it goes on sale August 12. It’s named the Torch after a WebKit company RIM acquired named Torch.
RIM’s CEO is heavily touting a handful of features: Universal search across the device—apps, emails, feeds, contacts, music, internets, etc.; a universal inbox, which is basically a stream of all your emails, messages, social networks and RSS feeds; and wireless music syncing a la Zune, which sounds like hotness.
Below are the basic specs for the Torch itself with the OS 6 running software.
• Approximately 4.4″ x 2.4″ x 0.57″ (closed), 5.8″ x 2.4″ x 0.57″ (open)
• Approximately 5.7 oz.
• 512MB Flash memory, 4GB on‐board memory, microSD/SDHC memory card
slot (4GB card included, cards up to 32GB supported)
• Half‐VGA+ touchscreen display, measuring 3.2″ (480 x 360 at 188 ppi)
• 5 MP camera with flash, continuous autofocus, face detection, geotagging
• 802.11 b/g/n
• Built‐in GPS
• Audio format support: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, FLAC, OGG
• Video format support: MPEG4, H.263, MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile H.264, WMV
• Network support: GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; HSPDA/UMTS: 800/850/1900/2100 MHz
• Talk Time: 5.5 hrs, Audio Playback: 29.8 hrs, Video Playback: 6 hrs
• Operating System: BlackBerry 6