Amid controversy, RIM unveils Blackberry Torch

Written by: Samyuktha
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New York, Aug 4: Seemingly unfazed by the slew of ban threats from several governments on Blackberry services, Research in Motion (RIM) on Tuesday, Aug 3 unveiled Blackberry's new flagship model - 9800 aka Torch.

Torch 9800, which is the first phone to run on the next-generation Blackberry OS 6, has been launched exclusively on American carrier AT&T's website.

The slide-phone comes with a QWERTY keyboard, 3-inch+ touch-screen display, 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash and 802.11n support.

The new Blackberry model has been creating waves over the past week as the 'iPhone Killer'. However, several tech junkies are skeptical of 9800's success over iPhone as they wonder if it is too little to late.

However, Blackberry seems to be rather confident on its first "best ever Blackberry" salvo against Apple Inc as it is likely to be followed by a tablet-like device to compete with the iPad.

This launch came amid the controversy over Blackberry services across the world. Research in Motion (RIM) has landed in trouble in India, Kuwait, Egypt and UAE, where threat of ban on Blackberry services looms large over security concerns.

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