Blackberry Brings Torch 9800 to India (Priced at Rs. 35K)


Blackberry Brings Torch 9800 to India (Priced at Rs. 35K)

Blackberry has launched the Blackberry Torch 9800 in India for price of Rs. 35, 000/. The phone is the first one to  have Blackberry 6 OS and the new webkit browser and comes with an ultra thin slider.

Blackberry Torch Specification

  • 4.4″ x 2.4″ x 0.57″ (closed), 5.8″ x 2.4″ x 0.57″ (open)
  • Weighs Approximately 161.1 g.blackberry-torch-9800
  • 512MB Flash memory, 4GB on?board memory, microSD/SDHC memory card slot (4GB card included, cards up to 32GB supported)
  • Half?VGA+ touchscreen display, measuring 3.2″ (480 x 360 at 188 ppi).
  • 5 MP camera with flash, continuous autofocus, face detection, geotagging.
  • 802.11 b/g/n.
  • Built?in GPS.
  • Audio format support: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, FLAC, OGG.
  • Video format support: MPEG4, H.263, MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile H.264, WMV.
  • Network support: GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; HSPDA/UMTS: 800/850/1900/2100 MHz.
  • Talk Time: 5.5 hrs, Audio Playback: 29.8 hrs, Video Playback: 6 hrs.
  • Operating System: BlackBerry 6.
  • Optical trackpad.

Blackberry’s Webkit Browser

BlackBerry 6 also integrates a new and rich WebKit-based browser on BlackBerry Torch that renders HTML web pages (as well as HTML email) quickly and beautifully for a great browsing experience. It features tabs for accessing multiple sites simultaneously, double-tap to zoom that can intelligently wrap text in a column while maintaining the placement of a page’s key elements, and pinch to zoom.

“With the new BlackBerry Torch smartphone, we also believe our hardware team has delivered the best combined touch-qwerty experience available, seamlessly incorporating our signature BlackBerry keyboard and precision trackpad in a striking design that simply feels great in your hand.”

Other features of the product are Universal search and Advanced Messaging (group messaging/location features etc).

At a price of Rs. 35,000 Blackberry torch seems quite a ‘big’ deal, especially given their current standoff with Indian government and a threat on future of the service.

Aside, other smartphones like Nokia N8 price in India seems to be reasonably placed at less than Rs. 25,000 – so expect Blackberry to follow the suit.

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