Research in Motion Launches 'Torch' Smartphone and BlackBerry 6 OS

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
46,798
8,966





With much fanfare, Research in Motion (RIM) today announced the launch of its BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone, running the company's new BlackBerry 6 operating system. The launches are a key milestone in RIM's effort to reverse sagging interest in the pioneering smartphone platform in the face of continued strong growth in iOS and the surging Android platform.

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 offers a full 3.2" touchscreen, although it offers only 360x480 resolution, considerably lower than the iPhone 4 and other smartphones hitting the market at present. The Torch retains the traditional BlackBerry physical keyboard, however, tucking it away in a slim slider design. It also offers 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. The Torch will launch exclusively on AT&T, Apple's exclusive partner for the iPhone, on August 12th and will be priced at $199 with a two-year contract.

Perhaps more significant than the Torch hardware is RIM's new "BlackBerry 6" operating system, offering a refreshed user interface that should still feel familiar to current BlackBerry users. One of the major additions in BlackBerry 6 is a new browser based on WebKit, the same engine behind the iPhone and Android browsers. The new BlackBerry browser offers tabs, auto-wrapping text zoom, and pinch-to-zoom features. It also drives the platform's email application.

BlackBerry 6 also offers a new "Social Messages" application that aims to integrate instant messaging, Twitter, Facebook and other social tools across services. Finally, the new operating system brings enhancements to multimedia performance with enhanced music and podcast services.

The new BlackBerry 6 operating system launches on the Torch 9800 handset, but will soon be available for the existing Bold 9700, Bold 9650, and Pearl 3G (9100/9105) handsets, as well as on future BlackBerry devices.

Article Link: Research in Motion Launches 'Torch' Smartphone and BlackBerry 6 OS
 

Full of Win

macrumors 68030
Nov 22, 2007
2,615
1
Ask Apple
The OS looks as far beyond iOS4 as did iOS1 looked compared to Windows Mobile in early 2007. Makes my iPhone 4 look stale.
 

brandon.8602

macrumors member
Jul 3, 2010
61
0
exclusively AT&T
$199 with new contract
iOS 4 > Blackberry 6 OS
In what way is RIM corrupting peoples minds to buy Blackberrys instead of iPhones?
 

NT1440

macrumors G5
May 18, 2008
12,176
14,212
The OS looks as far beyond iOS4 as did iOS1 looked compared to Windows Mobile in early 2007. Makes my iPhone 4 look stale.
Just looks like a reskinning of the same old RIM UI to me....


I've never had any interest in blackberries. I hate my sister's, really annoying to use.
 

keiths29

macrumors newbie
Nov 24, 2008
23
0
Florida
Goodbye RIM

Are you kidding me? Is that the best they could come up with? Lame coverflow imitation; poor low-rez graphics, so-so screen quality. Well I guess it's up to the Galaxy S and Droid to pony up some competition.
 

ModestForumName

macrumors regular
Apr 11, 2010
167
2
at least they had the cojones to put in a respectable 5mp camera (a la iPhone4) rather than a frat boy's dream 8mp camera with crappy contrast
 

JAT

macrumors 603
Dec 31, 2001
6,473
123
Mpls, MN
As someone trying to upgrade to a smartphone this year, this report holds...zero value for me.
 

NT1440

macrumors G5
May 18, 2008
12,176
14,212
at least they had the cojones to put in a respectable 5mp camera (a la iPhone4) rather than a frat boy's dream 8mp camera with crappy contrast
Is it similar to the iP4's camera? I didnt see anything about having one of the better sensors, just that it was 5mp.

Anyone have any details?
 

Rodimus Prime

macrumors G4
Oct 9, 2006
10,136
4
Same old rim. Not interested.
Real keyboard
Low resolution
Tacky os.
Some one who does not understand hardware keyboards at all.

While the res is kind of low the OS from waht I have seen is pretty promising and still holds true to the core of the OS.

As for the hardware keyboards RIM blackberry are the the gold standard when it comes to them. Touch screen keyboards have a lot of draw backs. One is ZERO tactile feel so you more need to look at the when typing on it. Also when the keyboard is in used on a touch screen it eats up a LOT of screen space to be used. The slider hardware gives the advantage of keeping all the screen space and still having a keyboard.
 

Mattie Num Nums

macrumors 68030
Mar 5, 2009
2,834
0
USA
Come on you are all a smart bunch of people. You do realize that RIM is not in the same market as the iPhone and Android. They are geared more towards enterprises who utilize BES.
 

icloud

macrumors 6502
Feb 15, 2005
409
41
I dunno... I think RIM should stick to where it's good and respond more to it's customers needs and not make Quasimodo-like iphone/blackberry spinoffs.

This phone, apart from the OS, doesn't seem to offer anything that would win over the hardened iPhone, Blackberry, or Android user.
 

heisetax

macrumors 6502a
Jun 12, 2004
943
0
Omaha, NE
Just like there is people that follow the iPhone & many of the different Android phones, there are people that follow the BlackBerry. My son-in-law likes his BlackBerry that he uses with Sprint.