BlackBerry Torch 9800 Unveiled by AT&T

Posted by David Fein, RIM-affairs Correspondent
on Aug 4th, 2010 GMT +2

ATT BlackBerry Torch Bold 9800WATERLOO, Canada and DALLAS, USA - At last, the long rumored and speculated BlackBerry Torch, previously known as the Bold 9800, is available at AT&T.

For BlackBerry watchers this is the biggest news so far this year, the Torch 9800 is a slider touchscreen and fixed keyboard model that runs on OS 6.0.

Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO of BlackBerry-maker RIM was very effusive in the announcement and the live launch event in New York. AT&T Mobility is the launch carrier and it is quite excited as well. The device will be on shelves August 12th.

A BlackBerry Torch Bold 9800 300x197 BlackBerry Torch 9800 Unveiled by AT&T

Lazaridis has been using the device and is pleased with RIM’s engineering and development team stating that “our hardware team has delivered the best combined touch-QWERTY experience available, seamlessly incorporating our signature BlackBerry keyboard and precision trackpad in a striking design that simply feels great in your hand. One of the things I love the most about the BlackBerry Torch design is the way it allows me to easily transition between using the touch screen, trackpad and keyboard interfaces. I can switch between them and interact with the handset and applications in a very natural way.”

The Torch 9800 also has the new WebKit browser, the first to employ the technology.

Lazaridis went on to say that BlackBerry OS 6.0 will also be available for the Pearl 3G 9100, Bold 9650, and Bold 9700, to name a few, and pending carrier certifications.

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