It was just a matter of time. The iPhone, the iPhone 4, the HTC Desire; Telus cannot stay away from solid devices, even if Rogers or Bell tries to snap them up first.
Beyond a competitor for Bell and Rogers, Telus Mobility (since it’s November launch of it’s GSM based HSPA network) has by far been the most competitive as far as varied handsets goes. Carrying everything from the BlackBerry Pearl 9100, to the Motorola Milestone, to the iPhone 4, they’ve got a device for you somewhere. And add another big one to that list; the BlackBerry Torch 9800.
For those that don’t know, the Torch is RIM’s first jump into both a new form factor, and a ‘new’ OS. Affectionately named ‘BlackBerry6′ by RIM, this is an evolutionary step for this Canadian powerhouse to better keep up with consumer needs for media and social networking, while still keeping the familiarity and ease of use for their corporate, military, and government contracts. New features include more visual, streamlined menus and options, further RSS and social integration, improved messaging, a faster, snappier, and pinch-zooming webkit based browser, and from-the-ground-up revamped media capabilities.
As far as hardware, the Torch boasts a 3.2 TFT touch screen running a 360 x 480 pixel resolution (exactly the same as the BlackBerry Storm), an optical trackpad, and the first “true” capacitive touchscreen the company’s ever made. (yes, this does mean multi-touch) That there is a turn off for many CrackBerry addicts, but what makes the Torch so special is that it’s also a vertical slider, opening to reveal RIM’s tried, true, and top of the line QWERTY keyboard. This also boasts an onscreen vertical and horizontal keyboard.
It’s powered by a 624 MHz processor, which is not exactly on par with today’s Snapdragon 1 GHz average, but still pretty good, and all a BlackBerry really needs. It has an embedded 4 GB of storage for media, 512 RAM, 512 ROM, and a microSD slot for expansion up to 32 GB. (4 GB card included) It has a 5.0 megapixel camera, which is a nice jump for RIM, running an average 3.2 on most other devices. This camera also includes continuous auto-focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilization. Other regular perks of a BlackBerry include GPS with A-GPS support, and a 3.5 mm audio jack for the much improved media capabilities in BlackBerry6.
This device, as it is GSM based, will obviously be running on Telus’ 3G+ HSDPA network. You can see here on Telus’ website the Torch is in the Coming Soon area, but rumors have been flying it could touching down as early as September 16th.
I for one, am excited to see this, as one carrier snapping up all the good quad-band GSM phones kind of sucks, as I’m sure most of our American friends south of the border can agree with. Boy, it sure is great to be Canadian sometimes, eh??
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Hamilton, Ontario, born and raised. I’m the oldest of two, really into the tech scene. Like my Macbook, Live for my Xbox 360, and LOVE my phones. I work for a large Canadian Telecomm company by day, and a Gizmo Ninja editor by night. I’ve jumped around every mobile OS I can get my hands on, including Symbian, Windows Mobile, WP7, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, etc. Current devices include the HTC Desire Z, HTC Desire HD, Motorola Milestone, HTC HD7, LG Optimus Quantum, and my daily device is my Motorola Atrix.