For Immediate Release
|Title:||RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Torch Smartphone in the Caribbean|
Combines a Full Touch Screen Experience with an Easy-To-Use BlackBerry Keyboard; First to Feature New BlackBerry 6 with Rich WebKit Browser
October 27, 2010 – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800 smartphone in the Caribbean region. Ideal for socially connected consumers and packed with the tools business customers love, it’s the world’s first smartphone to combine a BlackBerry® keyboard with a full touch screen experience and the first to feature the new BlackBerry® 6 operating system.
“We are proud to bring the new BlackBerry Torch smartphone with BlackBerry 6 to customers in the Caribbean. With its new user interface, rich browser and exceptional handset design, the BlackBerry Torch delivers powerful and highly integrated capabilities for socially connected consumers and business professionals alike,” said Rick Costanzo, Managing Director, Research In Motion.
The new BlackBerry Torch features an exciting combination of a large touch screen, optical trackpad and backlit slide-out BlackBerry keyboard. It offers support for high-speed 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks around the world, includes the latest generation in Wi-Fi® (b/g/n) connectivity and features built-in GPS for location-based applications and geo-tagging. Its 5 MP camera takes exceptional pictures with continuous auto focus, image stabilization, scene modes and zoom, and it also supports video recording.
The BlackBerry Torch is the first to launch with BlackBerry 6, a new operating system that delivers a fresh, approachable and engaging experience that’s powerful and easy to use. It has a new and rich WebKit-based browser that renders HTML web pages (as well as HTML email) quickly and beautifully for a great browsing experience. The new browser also includes tabs for accessing multiple sites simultaneously; pinch to zoom for easy navigation and a zoom feature that can intelligently wrap text in a column while maintaining the placement of a page’s key elements.
BlackBerry 6 features a redesigned interface and includes expanded messaging capabilities with intuitive features to simplify the management of social networking and RSS feeds (Social Feeds), and provides integrated access to BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), Facebook®, Twitter™, MySpace™ and various messaging applications on the BlackBerry Torch. Its enhanced multimedia experience rivals the best in the industry and includes a dedicated YouTube app as well as BlackBerry Podcasts, which allows customers to easily discover and manage a wide range of audio and video podcasts*. Universal search allows users to search through email, messages, contacts, music, videos and more on the smartphone, as well as extend searches to the Internet or to discover applications on BlackBerry App World™.
The new BlackBerry Torch smartphone is expected to be available from carriers in the Caribbean beginning in November.
* Users can access audio and video content via Wi-Fi or using data plans. Data charges may apply for customers that have limited data plans.
About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
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