Voda and Orange to get BlackBerry Torch

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BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion has unveiled its first slider handset, the BlackBerry Torch 9800, which will use the new BlackBerry 6 operating system
Research in Motion (RIM) announced yesterday, at a press conference in New York with operator AT&T, its latest BlackBerry ‘flagship’ handset, the slider Torch 9800.

AT&T president and chief executive of mobility and consumer markets Ralph de la Vega claimed the new handset is the “best BlackBerry ever.”

The chrome Torch 9800 includes both a traditional slide out QWERTY keyboard as well as a touchscreen. Its name derives from Torch Mobile, the technology company RIM acquired last year.

Torch Mobile underpins the new BlackBerry 6 operating system, which the new device runs.

The BlackBerry 6operating system includes a browser to render web pages more quickly, a new-style home-screen layout as well as a number of new search, social networking and media tools.

Other features of the handset include a five-megapixel camera, a redesigned home screen, ‘pinch and zoom’ web functions and geo-tagging. The Torch 9800 also has 4GB of internal memory which can be increased with a micro SD card.

The device will be exclusive to AT&T in the US. It will arrive in the UK shortly afterwards, with Vodafone and Orange already confirming they will stock the device.

RIM refused to discuss distribution, nor colour variants.

RIM president and co-chief executive officer Mike Lazaridis said: “We have taken all the great things in our history and revamped them. It’s a hero product for rim and we feel this is unique and builds on our heritage. “

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