RIM has announced their very first BlackBerry OS 6 smartphone, the Torch 9800. The device is a slider QWERTY handset with a 3.2-inch HVGA (480 x 360 pixel) capacitive touchscreen display.
RIM also threw in a 5 megapixel autofocus snapper with LED flash, HSDPA, Wifi, 4GB internal memory. Of course, the spanking new Webkit-based super-browser from RIM will be in there as well.
The Torch 9800 will go on sale this month. Unfortunately, that will be restricted to AT&T for now. We also hear that it will be available on Vodafone in the UK at a yet undisclosed date.
Here at MobilityNigeria, we are hoping that our US partners, MyCricketPDA, can get a unit across to us in the earliest possible time so we can take it for a spin.
Thanks to Adewuyi Abiola for the tip-off!
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OS 6 Compatibility with Existing BlackBerry Smartphones
In related news, RIM has announced it will be upgrading certain older devices with OS6, so they can take advantage of the new Webkit-based browser. That’s great news for owners of those devices, as the upgrade will totally change the web browsing experience of users. The qualified devices include:
- Bold 9700
- Bold 9650
- Pearl 3G
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