The RIM BlackBerry Torch will be available from AT&T starting August 12 for $199.99 with a two-year contract. The Torch is the first device to ship running BlackBerry OS 6, which brings such improvements as a better browser, enhanced multimedia experience, and a more user-friendly interface.
Though RIM wouldn't name specific markets, the company did say that the Torch will ship to other carriers outside the U.S. in the coming months.
The BlackBerry Torch is the first slider phone for RIM. In its closed state, the Torch measures 4.4 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 0.6 inch thick and weighs 5.7 ounces. It's a solid-feeling handset and is still compact enough to slip into a pants pocket.
In addition to portrait and landscape virtual keyboards, the BlackBerry Torch has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It's similar to the one found on the BlackBerry Bold, but doesn't feel quite as solid. The buttons are a decent size and there's a good amount of space between the top row of keys and the bottom of the screen, so your thumbs don't mash up against the edge.
The BlackBerry Torch features a 5-megapixel camera with continuous autofocus, 2x digital zoom, and LED flash. BlackBerry OS 6 also brings some new camera options, such as additional scene modes, but unfortunately, it only records VGA-quality video.