AT&T BlackBerry Torch 9800 gets early unveil

Chris Davies - Aug 3, 2010
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.

As for connectivity, there’s quadband UMTS/HSPA (2100/1900/850/800 MHz) and quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900MHz), while memory includes 512 MB RAM, 512 MB Flash, 4 GB of storage and a 4 GB MicroSD card in the box.  While there have been plenty of changes in BlackBerry OS 6, one of the most anticipated is the new WebKit based browser which should significantly improve the mobile internet experience.

RIM has also thrown in “Media Synch” which apparently can stream your home audio content to your BlackBerry Torch via a WiFi connection, as long as it’s DRM-free.  The Torch 9800 will arrive on AT&T on August 12th, priced at $199 with a new, two-year agreement; AT&T are taking email sign-ups for those who want more details when they’re ready.  Considering the first OS 6 device in the US will be an AT&T exclusive, if you want the new platform then it looks like you’re headed to AT&T; no word on when Verizon might get a version of the 9800 or their own OS 6 handset.

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