BlackBerry Torch 9800

BlackBerry Torch hands-on

BlackBerry Torch hands-on

RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the company's answer not only to the iPhone 4 but to the growing legions of Android devices; from our first hands-on we're certainly impressed with the build quality. For the first time it's possible to have a touchscreen BlackBerry without sacrificing the hardware QWERTY keyboard, and as you'd expect from RIM that keyboard is one of the Torch's prime advantages.  More first-impressions after the cut.

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RIM get official on BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry 6 Java SDK

RIM get official on BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry 6 Java SDK

AT&T may have scooped RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9800 reveal, but the Canadian company is now filling in the meat of the OS 6 smartphone story.  We already know the quadband UMTS/HSPA smartphone is arriving on AT&T come August 12th, complete with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and WiFi b/g/n, but now we have full details on the BlackBerry 6 OS it'll be running, plus a new Java SDK to support the refreshed platform.

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AT&T BlackBerry Torch 9800 gets early unveil

AT&T BlackBerry Torch 9800 gets early unveil

We can't see RIM being too pleased - their event hasn't even started yet - but AT&T has already announced the BlackBerry Torch 9800.  A new teaser page has gone live, confirming the smartphone's 3.2-inch 480 x 360 touchscreen display, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and 5-megapixel autofocus camera with flash, along with BlackBerry OS 6.

Update: Official RIM product page for the Torch 9800 is now live.

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