Announcing the BlackBerry Torch 9800

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Today, I am thrilled to introduce the world’s first smartphone with a BlackBerry® keyboard and full touch screen – the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800.

It comes with the new BlackBerry 6 operating system and there is a lot to be excited about. BlackBerry 6 has something for everyone and personally, I am particularly enjoying the new universal search and auto-wrap text zoom features.

We spent a lot of time talking with customers, testing and re-testing the software to make sure we could deliver the new features users want without losing any important aspects of the user experience that our customers already know and love. BlackBerry 6 delivers a stunning visual design and the teams here have done an incredible job implementing the amazing array of enhancements, including our new WebKit-based web browser which was first previewed at MWC earlier this year.

With the new BlackBerry Torch smartphone, we also believe our hardware team has delivered the best combined touch-qwerty experience available, seamlessly incorporating our signature BlackBerry keyboard and precision trackpad in a striking design that simply feels great in your hand. One of the things I love the most about the BlackBerry Torch design is the way it allows me to easily transition between using the touch screen, trackpad and keyboard interfaces. I can switch between them and interact with the handset and applications in a very natural way.

The BlackBerry Torch is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to ship with our new web browser and we invested a substantial amount of time and effort to engineer a WebKit-based browser that can operate quickly, beautifully and efficiently. In fact, Peter Rysavy today released a new study reporting on the efficiency of the BlackBerry 6 Browser with respect to data usage. We continue to believe that efficiency is an important advantage for our customers and an imperative for the wireless industry.

BlackBerry 6 is scheduled to be first introduced to the market with the BlackBerry Torch on August 12, but I know many of you are also wondering about support for existing BlackBerry smartphones. I am happy to report that BlackBerry 6 will be available in the months ahead (pending carrier certifications) on some of our leading smartphones, including the BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G 9100, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 and BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700.

At RIM we have a long history of building groundbreaking technology, and we are passionate about our products – each day, thousands of RIM employees are focused on enhancing our software, services and smartphones in order to continue meeting your changing wants and needs. The launch of the BlackBerry Torch with BlackBerry 6 is one of the most significant launches in our history and this amazing new smartphone brings together many of RIM’s core strengths into one fluid and superior user experience.

I hope you will be as delighted with the BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry 6 as we are, because we are very proud of these accomplishments and because we really do love what we do.

About Mike Lazaridis

Mike Lazaridis is President and Co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), and is known in the global wireless community as a visionary, innovator, and engineer of extraordinary talent. He founded RIM while a student at UW, and is responsible for product strategy, research and development, product development, and manufacturing. Mike is also a leader in his community and a passionate advocate for education and scientific research.

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  • jij

    when will we see this phone in canada??

  • lovemybb

    Same feeling here. What about my Curve? Which is a great phone and I love! Why not an update for that one as well. 7 out of 7 BB owners in my regular BBM circle have Curve and Storm. We all love our phones! To leave us out isn’t cool. We all have phones less than a year old. Two of us have phones 1-2mos old! Hmph.

  • Stizzar4

    i have a BB storm, its the worst phone i’ve ever had. im getting Droid X. the storm 2 is just as bad as the storm1. terrible waste of money and my time to invest in the phone. no more blackberry

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  • Matt

    I know that development has been canned for OS 6 on the 9550…but you should reconsider. At least release the webkit browser for OS 5 phones…otherwise you will lose many customers!

  • http://twitter.com/legrouper Peter Reynolds

    Love it. I have a Blackberry 9700. I love the speed of navigating by trackpad and typing with a proper keyboard; but the Torch looks amazing. Would be lovely to have a bigger touch screen just for web browsing really.

    As a phone on its own this to me looks superior to the iPhone. Blackberry’s next mission is I think to foster more in the way of Apps. Having said that all the most important apps (Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, Amazon, eBay) are already there… Still I like the fact that if you’re a entrepreneur in your bedroom you feel iOS is a real opportunity. Not sure that can be said yet for Blackberry OS. We’ll see…

    Oh and does anyone know if the new browser supports Flash 10.1? (Maybe that would be a great shortcut to get home brewed apps going on Blackberry).

  • http://twitter.com/RodgerMY Rodger

    I’ve screen through the specification for this phone & there is no indication whether this phone supports HSPA. Even GSM Arena has stated that BB 9800 only supports up to 384Kbps. Is it true?

  • Zeta

    When come the 9800 [or the 9870] to GERMANY?
    If I must wait to long, I buy an iPhone 4, so bringt it quick to germany, pleeeeeeease!!

  • Cjbhargava

    I’m from london and dubai wanted to ask what BB is thinking any solution about ban in UAE in serious intrest of it’s UAE users ?

  • stunned

    New device, the Torch and new BB OS… BUT on ATT…seriously????????
    Isnt’ that like selling a Ferrari and taking the tires and RIMS off???
    Useless!!!!!
    You could not GIVE me a device that can’t work on VZ

  • Rike255

    Glad to see my Pearl will support BlackBerry 6. Will it comes as a software update or will only new phones get the upgraded OS?

  • Balzacbee

    My wife had a BB bold. After a week she returned it. It took ages to navigate the apps. It wasn’t intuitive. Trying to access the camera, she almost chunked it in a pond in frustration.

    In contrast, on the return drive with an iphone, she’d figured out the apps she couldn’t with the BB.

    If you need to bust out the user guide for basic operations with any tech, there are some serious design issues.

    Hopefully the Torch has evolved.

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  • Prosser2

    I thought Blackberry was above the Iphone shenanagans. I would love to have this new phone to replace my Storm with, but BB has turned me off with being AT&T exclusive. AT&T sucks in the Aug, GA market. Guess I’ll stay with verizon and maybe switch back to Motorola and get a Droid X. Maybe BB will see the light.

    • Malibuguy79

      Verizon is going to get the Torch eventually as well as other carriers. AT&T will be the first, however.

      • Babyjen222

        I hope so! I still have the pearl cause it is so small and they hadn’t made one better. I was tempted to go to a samsung rogue or something. tried the storm 2 don’t like only having a touch screen because they are well touchy lol! Anyway, i like the new torch combining the touch and keyboard is awesome. Please…please… give it to Verizon :o)

      • Babyjen222

        I hope so! I still have the pearl cause it is so small and they hadn’t made one better. I was tempted to go to a samsung rogue or something. tried the storm 2 don’t like only having a touch screen because they are well touchy lol! Anyway, i like the new torch combining the touch and keyboard is awesome. Please…please… give it to Verizon :o)

  • Johngardner58

    What about 6.0 on the curve?

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  • Goatlastrash

    Does the phone give you the ability to make calls and receive / send emails at the same time?

    • Ice-babes

      I Suppose so

  • Celine

    what about Storm 2?

  • Guest

    Canadian release date?

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  • Mariuszdelta

    I wolud like also now what about Storm 2 ? I will be happy if BB6 will also support this very good phone like STORM 2.

    • Anonymous

      i agree i was hoping the storm 2 would be mentioned. It’s the only BB touch screen phone on verizon. I’m not even sure if there is another BB touch screen phone out yet besides the storm 1 and 2 in the states and now the torch. I’m guessing and hoping the storm will be supported since the phone is similar in touch screen function minus the full keyboard.

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