Research In Motion (RIM) has officially launched the BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone in New Zealand. The BlackBerry Torch is the world�s first smartphone to combine a sliding BlackBerry keyboard with a full touch screen experience and the first to include the new BlackBerry 6 OS.
�The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is a sleek, feature-rich device designed for socially connected users which also provides the tools that business customers need and trust,� said Adele Beachley, Managing Director for New Zealand, Research In Motion. �The device comes with the popular new BlackBerry 6 operating system which delivers a truly outstanding mobile experience. We are confident that the BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be well received by our New Zealand customers.�
The new BlackBerry Torch features an exciting combination of a large touch screen, optical trackpad and backlit slide-out BlackBerry keyboard. It offers support for high-speed 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks around the world, includes the latest generation in Wi-Fi (b/g/n) connectivity and features built-in GPS for location-based applications and geo-tagging.
Its 5 megapixel camera takes exceptional pictures with continuous auto focus, image stabilisation, scene modes and zoom, and it also supports video recording. In addition, it comes with a combined 8 GB of media storage out-of-the-box and includes a microSD/SDHD memory card slot that can bring the total storage memory to 36 GB for customers who want more.
BlackBerry 6 is a new operating system that retains the features of the BlackBerry brand while delivering a rich experience and easy to use. It includes expanded messaging capabilities with intuitive features to simplify the management of social networking and RSS feeds (Social Feeds), and provides integrated access to BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and various instant messaging applications available on the BlackBerry Torch smartphone.
BlackBerry 6 has a redesigned interface and integrates a new and rich WebKit-based browser that renders HTML web pages (as well as HTML email) quickly and beautifully for a great browsing experience. It features tabs for accessing multiple sites simultaneously, pinch to zoom for easy navigation and a zoom feature that can intelligently wrap text in a column while maintaining the placement of a page's key elements (simply double-tap on the BlackBerry Torch).
The new BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone is available to be purchased outright from Vodafone for NZ$1199 or from Telecom NZ for NZ$1099.