RIM (Research In Motion Ltd., the Canadian company that makes the BlackBerry) and AT&T introduced the latest BlackBerry yesterday morning - the BlackBerry Torch 9800. This is the first BlackBerry to run on the BlackBerry OS 6 and it is also RIM's first slider keyboard phone.
This new phone combines a touch-screen interface with a slide-out version of Blackberry's signature Qwerty keyboard.
The Black Berry Torch and its new operating system is predicted to assist BlackBerry to retain, if not increase, its market share. According to technology pundits, this phone was launched to neutralise the Apple iPhone's increasing popularity and the onslaught from other new generation smartphones.
Although the combination of the touch screen and a physical keyboard gives us the best of both worlds, but some commentators are disappointed that it has a lower resolution screen. Whilst the display is sufficiently clear for one to read text and view media but it is pale in comparison to high resolution screens on the iPhone and other smartphones such as the Samsung Vibrant.
Further, its 624MHz processor feels relatively underpowered in contrast to the latest smartphones available.
Having said all the above, I believe this phone will still be popular with existing BlackBerry users as they generally want a phone mainly for office use and are not the type to use their phone as a gaming or multimedia device for entertainment.
The BlackBerry Torch will cost $199 in the US.
We, however, do not as yet know when this phone will be available here or how much it would sell for in Malaysia.
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