Contrary to earlier speculation, the new Blackberry slider won't fall under the company's high-end Bold line. This new phone is so special, RIM decided to create a whole new category for it.
Check out Blackberry Torch 9800, previously known as Blackberry Bold 9800, which will be available in the US come August 12 via AT&T:
Quoting RIM Co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis,
"[...] With a new user interface, new browser and new handset design, the highly anticipated BlackBerry Torch and Blackberry 6 [operating system] 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."
While the real highlight of BB Torch 9800, on top of its masterful design identity, is its BlackBerry 6 OS (learn more about BB 6 OS via the link), the phone actually offers quite an impressive set of multimedia, storage and connectivity features.
The 5 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash is capable of recording videos up to VGA resolution. There's 512 MB of operating memory on board, while the storage capacity is 4GB and expandable by up to 32GB via the phone's microSD card slot. This tri-band 3G handset also supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n and GPS, for excellent all around connectivity.
Watch the introduction video:
In the US, BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be offered exclusively to AT&T customers starting August 12th. Bundled with a two-year contract, BB Torch 9800 costs around 200 USD.
As yet, TP hasn't heard any word from RIM's PR agency in the Philippines on BB Torch 9800. Please stay tuned for updates.