Finally, BlackBerry Torch 9800 has been announced on Tuesday. The customers who want a multi-touch screen and RIM’s renowned QWERTY keyboard design phone BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the best phone for them.
Appearance of BlackBerry Torch 9800 is eye-catching, anybody will be attracted towards the device. The mobile is equipped very nicely there features like a 3.2-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 360×480 pixels (not exactly groundbreaking stuff), 624MHz processor, 512MB RAM, 5MP camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and quad-band 3G. Following are the detailed features and specifications.
Features of BlackBerry Torch 9800:
- 3G network support
- Optical trackpad
- High-resolution touch screen
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- Simultaneous voice and data
- Email and text messaging
- Camera and video recording
- Media player
- Tethered modem
- BlackBerry® Messenger
- Instant Messaging
- Social feeds
Specifications of BlackBerry Torch 9800:
- 3.2” HVGA+ touch screen (480×360)
- Font size (user selectable)
- Light-sensing and proximity detecting screen
Camera & Video Recording
- 5 MP camera
- Continuous auto-focus
- 11 scene modes
- 2X digital zoom
- VGA (640×480) video recording
- Image stabilization
Battery & Battery Life
- 1300 mAHr removable/rechargeable lithium-ion cell
- Talk Time: GSM – up to 5.5 hours, UMTS – up to 5.8 hours
- Standby Time: GSM® – up to 18 days, UMTS – up to 14 days
- Music Playback: up to 30 hours
- Video Playback: up to 6 hours
GPS & BlackBerry Maps
- Built-in GPS functionality
- Includes BlackBerry® Maps
Voice Input & Output
- Hands-free headset capable
- Bluetooth headset capable
- 3.5mm stereo headset capable
- Integrated speaker and microphone
- Integrated hands-free speakerphone
- M3, T3 (open position only) Rating for hearing aids (PDF)
- Video format support: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV3
- Audio format support: MP3, AMR-NB, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMV, Flac, Ogg Vorbis
- Windows Media DRM 10 for music & video
Ringtones & Notifications
- 32 Polyphonic Ringtones – MIDI, MP3
- Tone, vibrate, on-screen or LED indicator
- Notification options are user configurable
Data Input & Navigation
- Trackpad located on front face of device, ESC key to the right
Menu key to the left
- Slide-out QWERTY keyboard with backlighting
- Touch screen with on-screen keyboard: portrait SureType®, QWERTY and multi-tap, landscape QWERTY
- Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR; Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port Profile, Stereo Audio (A2DP/AVCRP), SIM Access Profile, Dial-up Networking and Messaging Access Profile.
- Bluetooth Stereo Audio (A2DP/AVCRP)
- 512 MB flash memory / 512 MB SDRAM
- 4 GB eMMC + 4 GB media card included
- Expandable memory – support for microSD card up to 32 GB
- Keyboard and screen lock
- Keyboard lock
- 802.11 b/g/n
- Cisco CCX certified
- WPA / WPA2 Personal and Enterprise
- Support for UMA (carrier-dependent)
- Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
- Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry Internet Bundle
- Tri-band 3G UMTS networks: 2100/1900/850/800 MHz
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
Reviews for BlackBerry Torch 9800:
BlackBerry Torch 9800 has a 3.2 inch touch screen with 480 x 360 pixels resolution. Typical Blackberry track-pad is placed under this screen. There is a five mega pixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, 11 scene modes and VGA video recording. BlackBerry Torch ships with BlackBerry OS 6.0. Obviously, the new home screen, web browser, social feed, gallery application with Wi-Fi sync, universal search all get into the default features of the device.
BlackBerry Torch incorporates 512 MB of phone memory and 4GB inbuilt storage, which is expendable up-to 32GB using MicroSD card (4GB card included). Other features of BlackBerry Torch 9800 include, built in GPS with BlackBerry maps, 1300 mAhr removable battery, Bluetooth, Email and instant messaging, BlackBerry enterprise services, YouTube app, music player, 3.5 mm headphone jack and Wi-Fi.
BlackBerry has retained a physical keyboard, one which slides out from under the device’s screen. Other features of the Torch include; an optical trackpad for navigation, 5-megapixel camera, and 4 GB of onboard storage with an additional 4 GB media card and support for cards up to 32 GB included.
BlackBerry 6 OS is a refreshing update to the product line, featuring a new browser based on WebKit, much like those of the iPhone and Android browsers. In addition, the BlackBerry browser offers tabs, auto-wrapping text zoom, pinch-to-zoom features and drives the platform’s email application.
The design of the BlackBerry Torch seems great for the most part, but equally impressive should be the software that will be employed in the new Smartphone. First before most, we should mention the brand new web browser that will support tabs and pinch-to-zoom. In addition, it will shrink text automatically as you zoom in order to match your exact screen width. By the way, the company that RIM bought to develop the new WebKit browser was called Torch Mobile.
RIM’s acclaimed messaging/email prowess will of course be present, along with much improved social networking and multimedia capabilities, which will all be part of the new BlackBerry 6 operating system that will be powering the Torch. BB OS 6 will actually let you view all your social feeds in one page for a more organized view, and the same goes for your RSS feeds. Otherwise, the interface as a whole seems to have undergone some significant changes, most notably in terms of navigation, but it’s still quite reminiscent of what BlackBerry OS used to be.
Price of BlackBerry Torch 9800:
On August 12, 2010, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be available for $199.99 with a two-year contract with AT&T.