Early estimates of sales of RIM's new Blackberry Torch are in, and could spell bad news for the company. Both RBC Capital Markets and Stifel Nicolaus have said AT&T only moved 150,000 units during launch weekend. Certainly it's better than nothing, but RIM was in need of a hit, and this is looking like just another Blackberry launch.
We've gotten used to a new phone being in short supply at launch; think iPhone 4 or Droid X. RIM may have been seeking that sort of impact by hosting a press conference with AT&T prior to the phone's release. Reviews of the QWERTY slider have been tepid so far, with many complaining that the new Blackberry OS6 feels poorly implemented.
With options like the iPhone and Samsung Captivate on AT&T, consumers might be walking right past the Torch. Have you laid hands on a Torch? How do you feel about it?
RIM's long-rumored BlackBerry Torch (previously known as the 9800) has gone official, with RIM just moments ago unveiling its first touchscreen device with a slide-out keyboard, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
No stranger to exclusivity agreements, AT&T is getting sole custody of the BlackBerry Torch 9800. It will arrive in AT&T stores on August 12 and sell for $200 with a 2-year service agreement, as well as a required data plan ($15 for 200MB or $25 for 2GB).
RIM, which has been largely overshadowed by the spate of smartphone releases from the competition, is hoping its BlackBerry Torch gets them back in the game. The newest BlackBerry is RIM's first device to run on the company's BlackBerry 6 operating system, which was designed with touch functionality in mind.
A sampling of other features include a 5MP camera with image stabilization, 3.5mm jack, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, 512MB of flash memory, 4GB of onboard storage plus another 4GB media card included (expandable to 32GB via microSD), and a 3.2-inch touchscreen with a 480 x 360 resolution.