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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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