AT&T and Research In Motion (RIM) have officially announced the launch of latest high-performance BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone. It’s the cool touch-enabled slider phone which RIM promises to bring a number of new experience for BlackBerry enthusiasts – first BlackBerry smartphone featured with new highly-anticipated BlackBerry 6 OS, first to combine a full touchscreen with BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard, first to support AT&T’s next-generation messaging capabilities, first to get BlackBerry App World pre-installed, first to support AT&T’s new Locations feature, and more.

“This is one of the most significant launches in RIM’s history and we are proud to introduce the new BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry 6 together with AT&T,” commented Mike Lazaridis, president and co-ceo for RIM. “With a new user interface, new browser and new handset design, the highly anticipated BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry 6 deliver integrated and uncompromising capabilities for consumers and business professionals that preserve the industry-leading strengths of the BlackBerry platform while adding exciting new dimensions.”

Key Features Of BlackBerry Torch 9800 (AT&T):

  • 3.2-inch HVGA+ (480×360 pixels) touchscreen display
  • Slide-out full QWERTY keyboard plus optical trackpad
  • 5 megapixel camera with continuous auto focus, flash, image stabilization, scene modes and geo-tagging capability
  • Universal search lets users scan through email, messages, contacts, multimedia contents apps and even Internet – all in 1 search from the home screen
  • Social networking and RSS feeds (Social Feeds) for 1 view of all your favorite sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace
  • Enhanced browsing experience (WebKit-based browser) with pinch-to-zoom capability and tabs for accessing multiple sites at once
  • New Text Messages app supports AT&T’s next-generation messaging experience including group messaging for up to ten people and locations
  • Pre-loaded with a basket of cool applications including CNN, The Weather Channel, Fandango, Bloomberg, ESPN, YPmobile, Web Video Search and Slacker Radio Plus
  • New Locations function for easy searching points of interest, businesses and even your own location
  • 4GB internal memory plus microSD memory expansion slot (up to 32GB)
  • Integrated GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity
  • Talk time: up to 5.5 hours ; Standby time: up to 18 days
  • Dimensions: 111 x 62 x 14.6 mm ; Weight: 5.68 ounces

The new sleek, stylish smartphone that comes bundled with a 4GB microSD memory card will be exclusively available to AT&T customers beginning August 12 for $199.99 with a new 2-year contract.

Watch the Intro video for latest BlackBerry 6 platform and BlackBerry Torch 9808: