Research in Motion (RIM) has officially unveiled its first-ever slide phone in the form of the BlackBerry Torch, as the company looks to capitalise on its handsets new-found popularity with Messenger-loving teens while retaining its core constituency of business users.
The Torch combines a physical QWERTY keypad, which has been a staple of the BlackBerry range for years, with a large 3.2-inch touchscreen display that only the Storm smartphones have offered in the past.
The phone will be the first BlackBerry to go onsale with version 6.0 of RIM's new operating system onboard - a key feature of which is a much improved mobile social networking experience to entice younger consumers.
The software has been optimised for use with touchscreen displays and is being seen as a big step forward for the BlackBerry range.
A five megapixel camera, GPS and 4GB of integrated storage space are also on offer, as well as the option to add up to 32GB of extra space via a microSD memory card.
An official announcement about UK release plans is expected in the next few weeks.
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