Blackberry faithful, get ready to have your minds blown (kaboom). In the next couple of days RIM is set to drop its latest, and perhaps greatest, smartphone in the form of the Blackberry Torch. The aptly named phone is taking the baton from the uber-popular Blackberry Bold series that preceded it and features a number of firsts for Blackberry phones. Aesthetically the Torch looks similar to any number of Blackberry phones that have come down the pipeline over the past couple of years, but that’s where the similarities end as the Torch is the only Blackberry to feature both a touchscreen and a slide-out design that reveals the standard Blackberry keyboard. The Torch is also the first Blackberry to launch with RIM’s new Blackberry 6 OS, a major step up from the previous operating system that has been redesigned from the ground up to make managing all the social networking and communications features a lot more user friendly and intuitive. On top of all that, RIM finally improved on what was unarguably the bane of every Blackberry user’s existence: the web browser. Now WebKit-based, the new browser renders pages more quickly and beautifully. Additionally there’s tabbed browsing for simultaneous site browsing and pinch to zoom for easier navigation.
Inside the Torch has a powerful 624 Mhz processor with 512 MB Flash memory, 4 GB of built in memory that can be expanded with the built in microSD/SDHD memory card slot and a new 5 MP camera with flash, continuous auto focus and image stabilization. Right now the BlackBerry Torch will be available exclusively on AT&T tarting August 12th for $199.99 with 2-year service agreement.
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