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
- 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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