RIM announces BlackBerry Torch 9800

RIM announces BlackBerry Torch 9800

Research in Motion (RIM) unveiled today their new BlackBerry Torch 9800 handset which comes with both a full qwerty slider keyboard and a full touch-screen display.

Specs: BlackBerry Torch 9800
3.2″ display @ 360×480 pixels
512MB RAM, 512MB ROM
4GB storage (up to 32GB via microSD, 4GB included)
3G @ 384Kbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
5MP autofocus camera w/ LED flash + video
BlackBerry OS 6.0
GPS w/ a-GPS support
1300mAh Li-Ion battery


The BB Torch 9800 is the first handset from RIM to run the new BlackBerry OS 6.0. However, those having units like the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100, BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Bold 9700 can expect to have an upgrade to BB OS 6.0 soon.

Here’s a video clip of how the new BlackBerry OS 6.0 looks like:

It will initially be available to AT&T customers this August 12 and there’s no word when it will be released outside of the US.

The unit reminds me a lot of the Palm Pre though.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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73 Responses

  1. Dan The Beast says:

    Mukhang ‘di ito kikita sa taste ng pinoy. IMO, full touch and full qwerty don’t work well together.

  2. Dan The Beast says:

    ^^ I mean in a slider…

  3. Alvin says:

    Good looking one. Hope this arrives in Philippines soon.

  4. Randell says:

    I like the form. Vertical slider + touch + qwerty.

  5. dongv says:

    not my cup of tea, IMHO looks like a china-phone clone,
    no offense

  6. limuelG says:


  7. Joma Giron says:

    Looks like its gonna be really expensive…

  8. Jaycee lee says:

    Same feat. Lang ng bold 9700. Is it worth the upgrade? Hmmm. Sana nasa 30k lang pag dating dito.

  9. if you wished your bold had touch this is what it would be :)

    yay finally i get to upgrade, no more bad trackball

  10. Lyn Suarez says:

    when will be the release of blackberry torch? it seems this is a good one ;)

  11. boo says:

    sus, tae ang mga touchscreen ng bb. tsaka alam nyo naman ang sakit ng slider phones = sira ng flex.


  12. mr. bogus says:

    hmmmmmmmmmmm slide na qwerty looks interesting……

    pero hinihintay ko yung BLACKPAD ang version ng rim sa apple ipad!!! gagayahin na ng rim ang ipad!!

    mr.abe article ka ba tungkol sa niluluto ng rim tungkol sa BLACKPAD???

  13. jumper says:

    actually it kinda looks more like the O2 XDA IIs to me.


  14. clyde says:

    first of all, to those who think that this suck because its a “slider” and a “bb touchscreen” phone, well then you suck too! of course the flex would conk off after sometime, its part of the natural wear and tear. besides, hindi pa nga naten na-tetest ung product eh nag-aassume ka na agad na madaling masira. yung ibang slide-up phone wala namang naging problema. secondly, if you worry about it being a bb touchscreen, then you haven’t been doing your research well. wala na dito yung feature na sureclick which means the torch uses a normal capacitive ts. isa pa, this is a high-end bb, so naturally the market it caters is the more upscale users. meaning, may spending power or pera and won’t worry if the device will get broken or not kasi madali lang ipagawa or even palitan. yung mga nagwoworry lang about the build-quality is yung mga low-budget peeps, not that i’m being mayabang or so, but please if you want bbm but don’t have the budget then opt for a cheaper one like the 8520. wag na masyadong mareklamo. and besides lets keep in mind that this is a bb product and bb makes some of the most solid devices ever.

  15. limuelG says:

    haba naman sinabi mo!:)

  16. jay says:

    Ohh clyde.. You are so BBerry fan boy.

  17. bbboy says:

    agreed with clyde, do some research. no other product is never the same with bb when it comes to hardware.

  18. dson says:

    i actually like this phone.

    i never tried bb because it just looks so outdated.

    but this is a step up. looks good too.

    nothings beats webos and my pre though :P

  19. allan says:

    i don’t know about the design.
    compared to the BB Bold 9700 (w/c i think is the best looking qwerty phone on the planet).
    i think they should stick with the regular looking qwerty phones like the bold. that’s one of their strenghts (in design). i don’t know about sliders & touch screens.
    just add a freakin’ FM radio!
    and i’m very happy.

  20. Hater says:

    This is just another “fail” from RIM..

  21. luis alexander says:

    will definitely buy this when available… great upgrade from BB 9700

  22. Owen says:

    i like it. those who hated this phone it think never HAD bb before. hoping for the price availability soon yuga! :D

  23. Meenah says:

    Inquired from my “suki” cellphone shop in Greenhills. They’re selling this for 41k, pre-order. Sooooo expensive… But I’m in love with it!

  24. owen says:

    omg that much?! that’s sad. .

  25. BlackPanty says:

    u can catch me if you want it

  26. G says:

    any feedback with this phone? I plan to buy this one next week..your thoughts please? thanks!

  27. mishyko says:

    i wonder if its available here in PH by next month… if not, possible kaya if i order that sa US then pa openline ko na lang here??? thanks

  28. Owen says:

    available na cia at around 45K. Onlibe gadget shop pa lang nkikitaan long nagbebenta

  29. John888 says:

    @Clyde: I totally agree with you… Though I’m using 9700 and Storm I,, albeit I am looking forward to carry Torch in my pocket before the year ends and experience OS 6… According to my friends and relatives abroad it is so divine…

    @Joma & G: It is now available here at home at the price of 54K… Insurance is not yet included…

  30. dson says:

    saw this in infomaxx in sm north annex.. forgot how much.. but pricey

  31. chris says:

    I’m still waiting for the non-at&t version. I was suppose to get torch 2 weeks ago as my first BB. Turn off lang ako sa nkasulat na at&t. I bought bold 9700 instead. Hoping na may lumabas na non-att before the year ends so I can sell my bold and get a torch. But BIS from globe will work on this?

    Blackberry= good stuff

  32. rhen says:

    ang mahal nman ng fone na ito 38,000.00 gosh! wala naman masyadong pinagkaiba sa 9700. anyway, i think mas nice ang N8 and samsung galaxy.

  33. checked BB torch yesterday in Gh. price update 37,000. :) looks like eto ang pinang tapat nila sa iphone4. same price. but i still bought iphone4. thousands of apps unlike BB limited lang.

  34. mhae says:

    hi my husband bought it for me today…and will be delivered tomorow…cool!..will update on if its good or not…;-)

  35. Bella says:

    AS a torch user masasabi ko lng.. 2 thumbs up for this phone… I just Love it…

  36. John says:

    Hi I am interested to get BB Torch. How much does it really cost? Php41-45 K? But i came across to a seller who is actually selling it to me for USD 400 or roughly Php 18,000. Can anyone say if this offer is a hoax? Thanks!

  37. nihs says:

    how much na BB torch ngayon?

  38. aahziedeath says:

    BB and Nokia is not even comparable, as for me. I hope this year, I can see that phone in my bag. My sister got the BB 9700 and that is really awesome! Never seen such a brand like BB. Sobrang one of kind. I agree with Clyde.

  39. jerome says:

    i am a bb torch user, its so nice to use. i recommend this. two thumbs up.

  40. Cris says:

    Bitter ka??

  41. harris says:

    Blackberry is much cooler when you have one for free, Blackberry Torch and Ipad, this is really awesome so hurry-up before you run out of time..


  42. Leonie Sagun says:

    ive never been blackberry avid fans before, i do tried lots of kinds of celphone, from nokia, then folded motorola, slide up nokia, slide side LG then it comes to my mind i do switched iphone4 …the blackberry follows nest to iphone4 here in canada….i do grab the blackberry torch behind iphone 4, it was so cool…blackberry torch is my ist ever blackberry…it is worthed….

  43. tuberong_tagalog says:

    there’s a china phone version for this model… murang-mura lang daw… hahaha

  44. mitch says:

    I got one black from my hubby from us and its really amazing.but white is more gorgeous…

  45. abi says:

    my uncle will buy me this BlackBerry Torch 9800, but i think iPhone4 is much better than this bb torch. any suggestion?

  46. Kinney says:

    I was held up last Sunday, and one of the things they’ve got was my BB 9300. I am planning to have this BB Torch. I just want to ask if this is better that Android? Thanks!

  47. bon says:

    im planning to buy this bb torch next week. nacompare ko na siya sa iphone4. mas ok gamitin ang OS 6 ng BB kesa iOS4 ng iphone… mas bagay ang torch sa mga taong organized. nakikita ko kasi sa cousin ko, parang ang kalat ng icons ng iphone. haha.. ms organized sa bb torch. di na sila pareho ng price ngayon. mas mura na bb torch. tanong ko lang kung ano kayang mas bagay na network sa bb torch to maximize its power?… globe or smart?…
    thanks sa mga makakasagot…

    • Shonetelle says:

      I work in the telecommunication company. I suggest that you can use the network of smart if you are in manila but outside manila use globe! because there are more subscriber in globe here in manila and the coverage is not that strong while smart has good coverage in manila but it has the lowest subscriber in manila but outside manila smart has a lot of subcriber while globe dont have that much subscriber. If you will be in the network who doesnt have much subscriber you can use the internet and all the features of the BB phone as much as you want beacuse of less competition in the network!

    • lhyn says:

      nagbe2nta po ako brand new bb torch..if u want to see the pic po add nyo po ako sa fb its [email protected] interested po kayo hir also my contact number 09483298294…

    • katrina says:

      want mo 10k q lng pngbbli torch9800 q… good condition xa… call me at 09072338552

    • gio says:

      avaulable pa ba ang 10K? ngayon ko lang nakita to eh :(

  48. macoi28 says:

    i have 2 blackberry torch and i am planning to sell the other one for 24K..brand new po…sealed in a box..was opened twice..unwanted gift po..please email me @ [email protected] ill be there next month sa pinas…still in joburg..

    • Wreese says:

      im planning to buy a black berry torch. would like to know if the price [24k] is negotiable and what’s inclusive of the package?

    • hannahv says:

      yes me too, i`m interested, can you please send me pictures?

  49. Amy Go says:

    please tell me how much is your torch. am planning to buy. Do you have your cell so i can contact you?

  50. rhogena says:

    me too. i wanted to know how much is your blackberry torch and how can i buy it from you.

  51. Got this device a few weeks ago and i really love it – thanks for the article, happy to know about it and learn more information about my unlocked Blackberry.

  52. ALEX says:

    i am planning to sell my blackberry torch 9800 for only 15000 pesos, negotiable.. add me on facebook alexis buot or message me for more details..

  53. ALEX says:

    i am planning to sell my blackberry torch 9800 for only 15000 pesos, negotiable.. add me on facebook alex buot or message me for more details..

  54. PrettyKarel says:

    I am interested in buying ur BB torch…Is 15k still negotiable?I hope it is….hehhee

  55. Patrix Henry says:

    i got one, napanalunan ko… naDUKOT nga lang! huhuhu! so im planning to but one, cnu meron availabe, sana po ung brand new. I like using it, though sometimes, nag hahang… ayus lng nmn..

  56. Bruce says:

    I want a BB TORCH! 15k po ang budget ko. :)

  57. jelynne says:

    im selling my BB torch for 20k… black, very slightly used… no scratches whatsoever… txt me 09151353155

  58. reena says:

    Im selling my BB torch, 3 mos na sakin iyon. im selling it for 15k. nice phone, just email me to [email protected] if interested kayo ^_^ i can send you pics. ^_^

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