BlackBerry Torch 9800 Features and Specifications

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Features and Technical Specifications
By Kevin Michaluk on 4 Aug 2010 09:00 pm EDT

Official word of the highly-anticipated BlackBerry Torch 9800 is finally here! Below you can find the tech specs and key features list for the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 Smartphone. The Torch 9800 introduces  a lot of new stuff for a BlackBerry - a new form factor, new product family name, a new camera and it debuts the BlackBerry 6 operating system. Take a look and keep it locked to for our full BlackBerry Torch Review (hopefully coming soon!).

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Specifications

Size (LxWxD) Closed: 4.4" x 2.4" x 0.57"  /  111mm x 62mm x 14.6mm
Open: 5.8" x 2.4" x 0.57" / 148mm  x 62mm x 14.6mm
Weight 161.59 g / 5.7 oz (includes battery)
Operating System BlackBerry 6
CPU Speed 624 MHz
Memory - 512 MB internal flash memory
- 4GB built-in storage memory
Expandable Memory - 4GB microSD card included
- Supports up to 32GB microSD card
Battery 1270 mAhr removable/rechargeable cryptographic lithium cell
Battery Life GSM Talk Time: 5.5 hours; GSM Standby Time: 17 days
UMTS Talk Time: 5.8 hours; UMTS Standby Time: 13 days
Audio Playback: 29.8 hrs
Video Playback: 6 hrs
Keyboard Physical keyboard: 35 key backlit QWERTY
Touchscreen keyboards: portrait/landscape full qwerty, condensed portrait
Display High resolution touch scree
Half-VGA+ display (360 x 480 at 188ppi)
3.2" (diagonally measured)
Navigation - Capacitive traditional touch screen (no SurePress)
- Optical trackpad 
Camera 5.0 MP camera, flash, auto focus, face detection, image stabilization, scene modes, 2X zoom, video recording
Video Camera Normal Mode: 640 x 480 pixels
MMS Mode: 176 x 144 pixels
Voice Input/Output Integrated speaker and microphone, hands-free headset capable, Bluetooth headset capable, integrated hands-free speakerphone
GPS Integrated GPS with A-GPS (assisted GPS) ready
Media Player Video format support: MPEG4, H.263, MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile H.264, WMV
Audio format support: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, FLAC, OGG
Ringtone format support: 32 polyphonic - MIDI, SP-MDI, MP3, WAV
WiFi Wi-Fi Band: 802.11b/g/n, support for UMA (carrier-dependent) 
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1; Mono/Stereo Headset, Hands-free, Serial Port Profile, Bluetooth Stereo Audio (A2DP/AVCRP) and Bluetooth SIM Access Profile supported
Headset 3.5mm stereo headset capable
Network SKU1 UMTS: 2100/1900/850/800 MHz (Bands 1,2,5/6)
SKU2 UMTS: 2100/1900/900 MHz (Bands 1,2,8)
GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM/GPRS networks

Turn Ideas into Action!

Better than ever with BlackBerry 6 BlackBerry 6 does more than just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Graphical menus welcome you and intuitive navigation gives you the freedom to explore with ease. While you're at it, catch up on all of your social networking updates in one view with social feeds. Everything has been designed to give you a more visual, fluid and dynamic experience that helps stimulate your senses. It's like your BlackBerry smartphone with a complete makeover - all the good stuff is still there, it just looks, feels and acts better than ever. 
The Complete Package When inspiration hits, how you act on it is up to you. Whether you choose the high-resolution touch screen, opt for the legendary, slide-out QWERTY keyboard or aim for precision with the optical trackpad, the new BlackBerry® TorchTM 9800 smartphone has you covered. 
What's lost is found with universal search Looking for something? Our new universal search scans your folders, apps, internet,3 email and more, all in one search and doesn't stop until it finds what you're looking for. With universal search, you can get things done right. 
Chat in real-time with BBM If you want real-time conversation, you need BlackBerry Messenger. A "D"appears on your screen when a message is delivered and an "R"appears when it's read, so you can take all the guesswork out. And talk about easy - it's pre-loaded onto your BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone. So whether you're brainstorming or mind dumping, let BBM be your muse. 
Fully Loaded Lookingforasmartphonethatdoesitall?HowdoGPS,Wi-Fi®, 3G and 8GB of memory sound? Now add expandable memory up to 32GB, 512 MB of flash memory, 512 MB of RAM and a 3.2" HVGA+ display. The BlackBerry® TorchTM 9800 smartphone is loaded with all the capability and functionality you need to get the job done. 
All media, all the time Carry, watch and share your videos, pictures, files and more. With BlackBerry® 6, we've completely overhauled the multimedia experience on your BlackBerry® smartphone. With Remote Media Sync you can now access your home music library right from your BlackBerry smartphone. Scrolling through your music is as easy as swiping through album art. And you can watch and subscribe to podcasts that are pushed to you as soon as they're available.3 Plus, with 8GB of memory to store all kinds of files, killing time could turn into a killer idea. 
BlackBerry browsing at its best There's nothing quite like the web to kick start an idea with our completely revamped browser. With intuitive motions like pinching and zooming, and tabs that let you swap between multiple web pages, it's BlackBerry browsing at its best. 
A flash of inspiration with the 5.0MP camera When the creative spark strikes, help your inner photographer shine with image stabilization, face-detection, auto-focus, built in flash and 5 megapixels, for unreal picture quality. Plus, with 11 options for the best picture-taking modes like "party," "night," and even "whiteboard," it's easy to capture your pictures in the best light, no matter where or when inspiration hits. 
Multitasking made easy Multitasking is just another one of those things BlackBerry has been doing right, from the beginning. Now we've gone a step above with multi-connectivity. That means your apps stay connected whether you're using them or not. Regardless of what you're doing, emails, messages, updates and notifications keep coming through. 
Get personal with it Get inspired with a variety of apps designed just for BlackBerry smartphones from BlackBerry App WorldTM and put your ideas into action. Express your own personal style with custom ring tones, notifications, wallpapers and themes. Finally, dress it all up with BlackBerry Authentic Accessories like headsets and cases. 

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BlackBerry Torch 9800 Features and Specifications


9700; Standby Time 408-504 hours, Talk Time 6 Hours. 8100; Standby Time 360 hours, Talk Time 4 Hours, 9100; Standby Time 312-432 hours
Talk Time 5.5 Hours.

Has anyone else here played around with the 9800 OS6 simulator? I'm not 100% sure on this, but I get the feeling RIM might finally start letting users install maps to internal memory instead of RAM. If you open the applications menu in options (the on where you can swipe left and right to get to current cpu usage, file free etc) then one of the menus shows up as 4Gb storage with a graphical bar seperated into 3 colours, representing "Applications", "Music" and "Other". At first I thought the simulator was taking my laptop's RAM into account, but upon reading the specs article on the front page (9800 has 4Gb internal storage) I'm not so sure anymore.

Everything looks great. A little disappointed about the screen resolution though. Could be a lot higher to compete with the Sony Xperia or iPhone 4. 480x360 is kinda weak these days.

Nice looking device, and I plan to pick it up, but I wish it had changing contacts like the 9700. Now we're gonna be hammering the USB port again to charge this thing, like the Storm owners. I hope the port is durable and lasts for the life of the device. I've seen lots of devices beginning with the 8800, Curve and newer that have had the USB port go south due to freq usage for data and/or charging. Oh, I wish they could have upped the resolution too but I can live with it.

Many of you would know this just by looking at the technical stuff but I wouldn't know better, which is why I'm asking.
Will this run on the new HSPA network offered by Telus and Bell in Canada?


hello everyone,
did someone know how the Torch computation the GPS-maps? Offboard or Onboard? are the maps on the mobilephone?

sry the bad english.