BlackBerry and AT&T have introduced the BlackBerry Torch, a smartphone that AT&T’s President and CEO of Mobility and Consumer Markets Ralph de la Vega calls “the best BlackBerry device ever.”
RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis describes the device as the first “touch qwerty slider” for BlackBerry, meaning it features both a slide out keyboard and a touch screen. It’s also the first smartphone from RIM that uses a webkit browser (which the company got with its acquisition of Torch Mobile).
The device also features a 5 megapixel camera with flash, and is the first BlackBerry to ship with version 6 of the company’s operating system.
We’re at an event live in New York City where AT&T and RIM are unveiling the device. We’ll be updating this post live with the details.
Here are some of the new features the companies showed off and described as “fresh, but familiar”:
- Notification previews: a tap on a notification provides you with more details about it.
- Additional content and views: put individual bookmarks and contacts on the homescreen, plus swipe actions that let users navigate between frequently used items.
- Universal search: searches all of the content on your device — e-mails, texts, BBMs, calendar appointments, etc. — plus the web.
- View pictures by folder or date.
- Ability to select multiple pictures at once via touchscreen: you can then share them with friends or move them to different folders.
- Geolocation: camera names pictures based on where you are according to the device’s GPS.
- Podcast app: subscribe, download and listen to podcasts
- Wi-fi music sync: see your entire library of music on your device
- Unified social feeds: an aggregation of feeds from Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.