If you’re a die-hard BlackBerry lover, there is no place in the world you’d rather be right now than New York City. We’re in the Big Apple for the RIM/AT&T BlackBerry Torch 9800 announcement event, and we’ll be reporting live as soon as the festivities get underway. Check back in a little bit (probably around 10:45AM ET) for the live coverage to start flowing! In the meantime, anyone have any absolute wishes for the BlackBerry Torch 9800? Hit the break for our play-by-play! More →
Need we say more? The BlackBerry Torch 9800 site is officially live on AT&T’s webpage minutes before the 11:00 AM ET scheduled press conference kicks off.
UPDATE: Here are some of the spec’s listed: 3.2 inch 480 x 360 screen, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n, BlackBerry OS 6, 512 MB RAM, 512 MB Flash + 4 GB Flash + 4GB micro-SD card, 5 megapixel camera, 1300 mAh battery, and the following dimensions: 161.1 g. (H X W X D) 111 x 62 x 14.6 mm.
UPDATE 2: We’ve included some images after the bounce. More →
Yesterday, we saw the mysterious “Hero Fixture Launch Kits” that began arriving at AT&T stores, and today — a day on which RIM and AT&T plan to reveal some new hardware — the FCC has approved an unidentified, unnamed BlackBerry handset. We’re only given the customary stenciled outline of the device, but we’re betting the farm that this is the BlackBerry Torch 9800 slider phone. The phone has a quad-band GSM radio, tri-band UMTS radio with support for the 850 MHz, 1900 MHz and 2100 MHz bands, Bluetooth, and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. One thing is certain, we won’t have to wait very long to see what this puppy is. Make sure to check back here at 11:00 AM EDT as we’ll be reporting live from the event.
Hold on to your seats boys and girls, Research In Motion in partnership with AT&T are about to come out swinging. We have just received an invitation to an “exclusive BlackBerry event” taking place August 3rd in NYC. RIM isn’t coming out and saying it, but let’s not beat around the bush here… this is to announce the much-talked about BlackBerry 9800 touchscreen slider with BlackBerry OS 6. With the iPhone 4 and Android madness not slowing down anytime soon, it’s great to see BlackBerry get back in the ring. Let’s just hope they throw some knock out punches in this round.
Crackberry has several sources who claim that the BlackBerry 9800 will launch with a new moniker; the Torch. It was originally thought that the full-QWERTY, slider phone would join the 9000, 9650, and 9700 in the Bold family (for us, putting it in the Storm line would have made more sense). The rumor is further substantiated by the fact that the domain name blackberrytorch.com was registered last April by Research In Motion. What do you think? BlackBerry Torch. You like? More →
We know a lot of you are dying to try out BlackBerry 6, but until RIM releases it sometime in the “next calendar quarter“, we think this 16 minute and 45 second walkthrough of the OS running on a 9800 slider will tide you over. Unfortunately the narration isn’t in English, but if you can look beyond that hit up the jump and check out the video.
We’ve seen it in pictures, we’ve seen it in videos, and we even know when it’s coming, but just like you we simply cannot get enough of the BlackBerry 9800 slider. And for all of you dyed in the wool BlackBerry fans that are starting to go nuts with all of the talk of the EVO 4G and WWDC, here are some great news pics of the 9800 that surfaced thanks to berrytimes.cn While the pics don’t provide us with any new information per se, they are the clearest shots we can hope for until the phone is officially released and we whip out one of our EOS 5D Mk IIs. Hit the jump for more pics than you can shake a stick at.
Alright, BlackBerry fans, this is truly something to get excited about. Building upon the excitement generated this weekend by a slew of new images of the upcoming 9800 slider, a video walkthrough of the device today cropped up on YouTube. The video does a pretty good job showing off the device and some of the features of the BlackBerry 6 OS and is only 3 minutes and 39 seconds in length, so the way we see it, you really have no reason for passing this by. We mean, RIM is pretty much guaranteed to have the video pulled in quick order. Oh, and notice the AT&T splash screen? We told you.
Can’t get enough BlackBerry slider action? Well today’s your lucky day, as a bunch of new images of the handset have leaped out by way of TheBerryFix. Showing off what looks to be a late prototype / early production model, the images give us a pretty good glimpse of not only the handset itself, but some of the new niceties of the BlackBerry 6 OS including a virtual QWERTY keypad, a clone of Cover Flow in the media player, and, of course, the much-hyped WebKit browser. Anyone else excited to see this sucker launch on AT&T during the June/July timeframe? Click on through for a few more pics.
While June has usually been strictly roped off as “iPhone month” for AT&T, this year looks like it will be different. A couple of our RIM sources have informed us that the BlackBerry Bold 9800 slider will be making its public debut in June on AT&T. Those dates can slip a bit, but middle to end of June does seem to be what we are hearing. Also, we have confirmed that AT&T has placed an incredibly big order of the new handset, easily exceeding 1,000,000 units. AT&T will have an exclusive on the device (we have not confirmed the length — 3 months, 6 months, etc.) and it will obviously launch with the BlackBerry 6 operating system. If you are a CDMA lover, look for Sprint to get the device in Q4 of this year.
One of our BlackBerry connects sent us in a nice treat a little while ago… it is the first ever live video of the mythical BlackBerry Bold sliding device coming out of Waterloo. The quality of the video is also decently clear, so check it out, okay? We’re still trying to confirm the model number of the handset, but it’s definitely in the Bold lineup as has been rumored, and now confirmed via the branding on the back of the phone. Oh, the device is also running OS 6.0. Video is after the break! More →