Research in Motion will place a new Blackberry model on the market. The Torch 9800 has a 3.2-inch touchscreen, but it does not do without the QWERTY keyboard (sliding) and will be on sale in the United States as early as next week, with the release date for other countries unknown.
So far, the manufacturer has only made known the price for the USA, where it will be sold for $ 199 by AT&T, with the obligation of loyalty to the operator for two years. The value and conditions are the same as those required in that market for the iPhone 4 of 16 GB and very identical to those of an Android terminal.
What is “one of the most important releases in the history of RIM”, in the words of Mike Lazaridis, president of the company, comes equipped with the latest version of the operating system, as expected, and promises to be faster and easier to use when accessing the Internet.
Social networks have not been forgotten and, according to what was announced by the manufacturer, the new BlackBerry 6.0 operating system will offer, among the outstanding features, a “shared” inbox where, in addition to emails, users will be able to see their profile updates on the Facebook and Twitter.
RIM also invested in a five megapixel camera, with flash, and the integration of a GPS, for location-based applications.
The Torch 9800 also features a search feature, which allows you to search for any application, multimedia content or contact on the phone, by typing the term in a search box.
In addition, the new model features a 624 Mhz processor, 512 MB of Flash memory, 4 GB of disk and WiFi and Bluetooth connections. The battery lasts up to 5.8 hours of talk time, 30 hours of audio playback and six hours of video.
Despite all the “effort” invested by RIM, the terminal does not seem to have convinced analysts surveyed by Reuters, who consider that the model does not have any added value compared to smartphones rivals. It remains to wait for what really matters: the response of consumers.