AT&T and RIM Announce the BlackBerry Torch

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After a 16-month collaboration, AT&T and RIM announced the BlackBerry Torch, the first BlackBerry with touch-screen and full QWERTY keyboard. As expected, RIM’s latest OS, 6.0, powers the Torch including a handful of new features, like universal search, tabbed browsing, and group messaging.

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Specs are as follows:

  • 4.4″ (5.8″ open) x 2.4″ x .57″
  • 5.68 ounces
  • 3.2-inch 360×480 capacitive touch-screen
  • Backlit full QWERTY keyboard
  • Optical trackpad
  • 624MHz processor with 512MB flash
  • 4GB of built-in memory
  • 5-megapixel camera w/ flash, image stabilization and video recording up to 640×480
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Wi-Fi Sync: view your iTunes or WMP library from your BlackBerry in OS 6. Create or edit playlists and select music for download from your BlackBerry.
  • 1300mAh battery with 5.8 hours of talk time, 30 hours of audio playback and 6 hours of video playback

AT&T will begin offering the Torch on August 12 for $199 along with Best Buy, Wal-Mart and RadioShack. For the non-committal types the Torch will sell for $499.99. Data plans will go for $15 for 200MB/month or $25 for 2GB/month.

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